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Baseball Mon Apr 21 2008
Deny it as we might, Chicagoans do have a little chip on their shoulder about playing second fiddle to New York City in just about everything, a fact that a New Yorker will waste no time in telling you. “Sure, you have the Sears Tower, but the Empire State Building is the quintessential skyscraper. Sure you have a thriving theater scene, but everyone knows a play isn’t REALLY a hit until it makes it on Broadway. And sure your entire city burned to the ground about 137 years ago, but you’re trying to compare it to OUR great tragedy of only seven years ago?...”
Which is why the baseball events of the next few days are our rare opportunity to exact a modicum of revenge in a short amount of time. In a quirky bit of scheduling, both Chicago baseball teams will take on both New York City baseball teams in their respective leagues. The Cubs (12-6) open a short two-game series today against the Mets (10-7) while the White Sox (11-7) square off against the Yankees (10-10) in a three-game series beginning Tuesday night. Speaking of Tuesday, it will offer the rare chance for a Chicago-New York unofficial split doubleheader as the Cubs and Mets battle at 1:20 at Wrigley Field, while the White Sox and Yankees clash at 7:11 at U.S. Cellular Field.
As an added bonus for Chi-Town fans, both local teams come into their respective series in FIRST PLACE. True, we’re only 18 games into the season, hardly the time for printing “We’re Number One” banners, but when it comes to sticking it to NYC, we’ll take what we can get. Even better is the fact that the Cubs won’t have to face Johan Santana this time around, and the White Sox may miss Alex Rodriguez who has a bum quad and might sit out at least the series opener.
Is harboring a grudge against New York City just because they’re NEW YORK CITY a bush league attitude, the type of mentality that only serves to solidify our position as the “second city”? Probably, yeah. Doesn’t mean it won’t be any less fun watching Met shortstop Jose Reyes get picked off of first, or seeing the Yankees’ Derek Jeter whiff on a Jose Contreras fast ball.
Yeah, I got your Broadway right here…