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The Cubs and White Sox Will Play for a Trophy

**Breaking News**

The Cubs and the White Sox have entered into a historic partnership today that will see the teams competing in inter league play, not only wins and losses but a new trophy called the BP Crosstown Cup.

Patterned along the lines of the various trophies that are staked in some of college football greatest rivalries, the Crosstown Cup will go to the team that wins the annual 6 game match-up between the two teams. What happens if each team wins 3 games you ask? Then the winner of the 6th game claims the trophy.

The Cup will be unveiled this season and should become a big part of the rivalry between the two great fan bases. The winning team will be presented the Crosstown Cup at the conclusion of the second series between the two teams, so there is a distinct possibility that a team could be awarded the trophy on the road in the other team's park.

Can you imagine the intensity of the moment if the Cubs were to celebrate with the trophy at US Cellular Field or the White Sox were to jump for joy with the Cup on the field at Wrigley? Those would be amazing moments to watch and will only intensify the already white-hot rivalry that runs generations deep.

In attendance at today's press conference in Millennium Park were Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, Manager Lou Piniella, Chief Marketing Officer Wally Hayward and players Marlon Byrd and Randy Wells. The White Sox were represented by Chief Marketing Officer Brooks Boyer and players A.J. Pierzynski and Gordon Beckham.   

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Ryno said:

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The only cup the Sox are going to get is Marlon Byrd's cup right in AJ's face when Marlon bowls him over at the plate.

backslap said:

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The players are going to think this is a joke. To them its just another 3 game series, they won't be jumping up and down they will be worrying if they are going to make their dinner reservations or get on the bus to get to the airport if they are hitting the road. This is just a fan thing and quite franley as a Cubs fan I hate having to play the Sox 6 games while the Cardinals get to play the Royals 6 times. You know the only reason they play 6 times is because Reinsdorf coninvced his friend Bud to keep it this way so he gets 3 automatic sell outs where he makes his fans buy 6 games (the Ozzie plan) to get tickets to these games. As a Cubs fan a weekend series in June is going to be sold whether its against the Sox, the Cardinals, Padres, or even the Kane County Cougars. This series against the Sox is stupid and just got more so with this trophy.

Jerry said:

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This is a joke!! The only trophy either team and their fans should be worried about winning is the World Series trophy.

willemaze said:

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This is a terrible idea. It smells of money.

How much is BP paying for the naming rights?

*dan bradley said:

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So.... you don't want your team to raise revenue?

Roti2000 said:

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Yeah, right. Big deal; it's an idiotic marketing ploy--nothing more.

melissa said:

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Kap, Any truth to the rumor that the trophy is going to be shaped like a giant meatball?

IvyChatChuck said:

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"Can you imagine the intensity of the moment if the Cubs were to celebrate with the trophy at US Cellular Field or the White Sox were to jump for joy with the Cup on the field at Wrigley?"

With beer sales cut off after the 7th inning, the crowd will leave as soon as the game is over. No one is going to see this.

cannbase said:

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PLEASE!! YOU ALL are sticks in the mud! Get a grip! Baseball should be MORE about THE FANS! And you CANNOT tell me that THE CROSSTOWN CLASSIC doesn't mean anything, because the ballpark is electric and the intensity of the playoffs (even before Inter-League play). And, although it's just another game to THE PLAYERS, it is a "special "W" and BRAGGING rights for THE FANS--for 1 YEAR.
And, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if the Ricketts family were instrumental in this idea because it's good clean fun!

office lady said:

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I think this BP Trophey is a great idea. It is something for CUB & W.S. fans. I don't even want to think about someone who supports both of our teams will react but I'm a CUB fan only so I won't have to worry about that. If this is one of the Ricketts family ideas I think it's great. Also the family Sunday thing. I think it's nice having the CUBS owned by a family instead of a corporation

FrankS said:

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Based on the rules that have been posted to date, the Chicago Cubs would have won this trophy in 2005. Do you think the White Sox or their fans could have cared less about the BP Trophy when the Sox swept the 'Stros in the 2005 World Series? This is just a bad idea, almost as bad as giving the World Series home field advantage to the league that wins the All-Star game. Blech!

mikecubbie69 said:

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yawwwwwwwn.....oh excuse me. Woop de doo, a trophy! The only trophy I care about is a World Series trophy. Im curious Kap, how much is BP paying YOU to promote their cup? This has all the earmarks of another way to milk the Cubs for more money. I might be able to get behind this if the money were used to pay off Soriano or Zambrano, otherwise it doesnt do a lot for me.

davesime said:

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That is waht we need a trophy. Good money being spent by the Cubs. How about worring about a lead off hitter, second baseben who can feild and turn double palys, a bull pen who can't get out blind fat guys in a wheel chair, yes taht is waht we need a trophy.

cannbase said:

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Hello, "davesime," Can you read? You cannot spell! The "BP" Crosstown Cup, is paid for and sponsored by BP formerly "British Petroleum", NOT either ball team. And, your comment about anyone in a wheelchair is absolutely disgusting!

Edelweiss said:

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Kap, we keep hearing you complain that the Cubs aren't bringing up Starlin Castro, yet you think you and Theriot are friends. How do you think he feels? If he were forced to move over to second, he would do so, but he really does not want to. If the Cubs were really expecting Theriot to play second, don't you think he would have played some games there in Spring training? Or, perhaps he and Fontenot could have switched positions, so that Castro could take over at short without a mid-season switch for Theriot. You may not be aware, but Theriot is not very flexible or versatile. He was forced to go to short in 2000, and now has no desire to go back. He is average defensively, not terrible, and who is to say he wouldn't have an adjustment period if he were to move. In the meantime, Fontenot has become a better defender than Theriot, so a move to second would mean decreased defense at second, and who is to say how Castro would perform at the major league level? Also, we have a rookie sensation in Colvin. If you were really Theriot's friend, you wouldn't call for him to be demoted.

David Kaplan said:

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When did I call for Theriot to be demoted? I simply said that I wonder when the Cubs will call up Starlin Castro. I also said that Theriot would be the starting second baseman if Castro comes up. You have to get your facts straight.

Edelweiss said:

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Kap....I watched CTL on Thursday, and you did say that Castro should be called up to plug the
"defensive hole" in the middle infield, which was costing the team wins. Your guests pointed out that games were not lost due to poor defense there, but rather by pitchers making bad plays. How do you suppose your statement makes Theriot feel? He is doing a good job at ss now, and there is no reason to believe that anything will improve moving him to second. You may not consider moving to 2nd a demotion, but Theriot does. What you are saying is that a AA player should be called up, and handed the starting job at short, without ever having earned it, and that two players who are doing their jobs should lose them, and that will cause everyone else to perform better. That shows you have little respect for Theriot.

David Kaplan said:

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No, I didn't say that. I asked when it would happen. In addition, don't assume because I would play Theriot at 2B when Castro comes up that it is a sign of disrespect. I am a huge Theriot fan. However, Castro coming up is inevitable so I am simply pointing out what will happen sooner or later. So don't make judgments about what I think.

*dan bradley said:

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Theriot would be a better 2B man than a SS, so who says the defense would decrease? You make FOnt sound like a GOLD Glover.

willemaze said:

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How appropriate for our two baseball teams.

A trophy named after an oil spill!

amigoman said:

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How much is BP paying? I'll bet lots more $ than the $500,000 they didn't pay for the fail safe on the oil rig. This trophy is a ridiculous idea and just shows that while our corporate society is willing to pay for window dressing, they abhor anything but keeping the bottom line black. Cubs and Sox should take every red BP nickel and donate it to the Gulf cleanup.

*dan bradley said:

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I like the idea. Don't like the tie rule though.

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