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White Sox Wed May 05 2010
Michael Shapiro has a incredibly snarky post up at The New Yorker's Sporting Scene blog about the Yankees' visit to the White House this year and President Obama's subtextual sentiment about them and the White Sox. Shapiro's jealousy shows itself in the later paragraphs when he gives statistical history of Yankees/Sox matchups:
Since 1900 the two teams have played each other one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two times. The Yankees have won one thousand thirty-three times, or at a rate of fifty-six per cent. They have beaten the Sox in Chicago--four hundred eighty-one times to four hundred thirty-six--and in the Bronx--five hundred fifty-two times to three hundred thirty-six.
And though the White Sox (the hands struggle not to type the words "Pale Hose") did beat the Yankees eight times in a row on two different occasions, they last did so in 1973, fully twelve years before the Barack Obama came to town.
So it is that, much to the President's chagrin, he and his fellow sufferers are doomed to live on the short end of Rivera and the cut fastball that Mr. Obama mentioned with more than a trace of envy and resignation. The two clubs will not see each other again until the last weekend in August, when the Yankees visit Chicago, where, I'm sorry to say, Mr. President, even a three-game sweep would only begin to balance the cosmic scales.
Shapiro just happens to exclude a more flattering statistic if you're a Sox fan. Of the World Series either team has won in the last ten years, the White Sox do a better job. In the 2005 series the Sox didn't lose a single game in the championship series. Everytime the Yankees got to the World Series (in the last ten years) they let the opposing team win one game. So when they get the chance, one could say the Sox are better at clinching a World Series Championship.
I should let Yankees fans have their fun though. Not everyone can be from a town where the first black president roots for the team that wears black and white, can they? Sometimes the World Series Champions have to accept that they hail from a place where the most recent presidential hopefuls can't decide whether he's a Yankees fan or a Mets fan (And if you're from New York you know exactly who I'm talking about.).