Does anyone really care about the BP Cup?


So, the Chicago White Sox are now the two-time winners of Chicago's BP Cup.

As a matter of fact, they're the only winners of the BP Cup.

Which makes me wonder, does anyone truly care about the BP Cup?

Sure, Cubs fans and White Sox fans have always been at odds with one another.  Since the rivalry came to fruition with the introduction of inter-league play, fans of both Chicago teams have had something that actually mattered to think about—actual games that count.

For years, the two Chicago franchises participated in The Windy City Classic, a charity exhibition held annually in which the two teams met on each other's field in alternating years.  It was a nice event that allowed Cubs fans and White Sox fans the opportunity to see head-to-head competition that would otherwise only be seen in a World Series.

And we know what the odds of that happening are.

Once inter-league play entered into the equation of Major League Baseball's scheduling system, the hatred between Cubs fans and White Sox fans escalated to epic proportions, possibly growing larger than either team's inter-divisional rivalries with the likes of  St. Louis or Minnesota.

Last year, corporate sponsorship entered the equation with oil giant BP Global introducing the BP Cup.

I can't speak for everyone, but to me it seems like BP should be doing other things than sponsoring a MLB rivalry that needs no sponsorship.  For starters, when I think of BP Global, I think of oil spills.  I think of the global disaster BP created in the Atlantic Ocean in 2010, rather than the disasters that Jim Hendry and Ken Williams have created in Chicago.

Secondly, the Cubs-Sox rivalry has needed no improvement.  The White Sox hold the all-time lead at 45-38—a slim seven-game difference, that could swing in very little time.  The series has seen managers ejected, managers bickering at one another and even punches thrown.  There is no need to put anything more than bragging rights on the line.

If there truly must be an award, why not create an award that doesn't blatantly promote one of the richest and most irresponsible companies in the world?  Why not have a Ron Santo Cup, or an award named for another player who spent time with each organization?  The Bill Long Trophy, anyone?

Either way, the Cubs-Sox rivalry will always be a special event to Cubs and White Sox fans—heck, I proposed to my wife at a Cubs-Sox game.

There is simply no need to make baseball's most die-hard fans more familiar with a corporation—or anything for that matter—than the history of inter-league baseball's greatest rivalry.


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