Winning BP Crosstown Cup would salvage some pride for Cubs fans

Winning BP Crosstown Cup would salvage some pride for Cubs fans

So the Sox took 2 of 3 in the last series, but they were tough wins.  The Cubs have shown they can compete with the Sox in their home park.

Now they're on our turf.

But it won't be easy.  The Cubs will need to do something they haven't done all season -- win 3 games in a row.

Now I've always thought Cubs fans were a little less intense about the Cubs/Sox rivalry than the southsiders, but a come-from-behind series victory and sweep would be a nice consolation prize to an otherwise dismal season for the northsiders.

The Cubs also have the chance to play spoiler.  Despite underachieving, the Sox are still in the race, thanks to a weak AL Central.  The Cubs can put the kibosh on Sox plans to start the second half with a run.

For me, though, the rivalry is a bit more personal.  My wife is a diehard Sox fan and she gently reminds me every so often that the Sox have won a World Series recently while the Cubs haven't won one in over 100 years.  The way I figure it, one of two things can happen to make things easier: 1) The Cubs can win the World Series and even the score or 2) Neither team wins one for the next 50 years so that the Sox World Series victory becomes distant and obsolete, a fading memory -- a victory of attrition!   I'd rather not wait that long.  But since a World Series victory isn't in the cards this season, I'm going to need the Cubs to sweep this thing and take home the BP Crosstown Cup.  It just may be enough to tide me over for the rest of the year.

Sometimes, it's those little things that keep us going...

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  • I'm gonna go ahead and comment here just because it's on the new site. That's how I roll.

  • In reply to gwill:

    i'm going to go ahead and reply to your comment on the new site.

  • In reply to bill80:

    I'm going to go ahead and reply to your repl.........no.

  • To prepare for this series, a few roster moves need to be made...

    1. Eliminate John Grabow...Somehow
    By this I mean release him, or designate him for assignment, whatever the rules are regarding a guy who has been around as long as he has. But I have no faith in him and would rather give a younger guy a shot.

    2. Send Lou Montanez back to the minors.
    He hasn't really done much for this team, and he isn't exactly a prospect to develop.

    3. Call Up Two Pitchers
    Might be time to give Jay Jackson a chance. Scott Maine could replace Grabow. At the very least would give us more than 1 fresh arm in the bullpen for tomorrow's game. And with the way Randy Wells has been pitching...we may need that.

    And regarding how well Aramis Ramirez and Geovany Soto have been playing lately...strike while the iron is hot. I can't see either guy truly being a part of the future of the team by the time we're legitimately good, and we should try to move them while their value is highest.

    We need starting pitching. Badly.

  • In reply to Swingline:

    Swingline...love the idea of using Maine instead of Grabow. Montanez probably gets sent down soon...

    Jay Jackson has really struggled this year for some reason. That's the one area where we really have nobody ready to step in. Cashner will fill that hole when he gets back....looking at Trey McNutt for mid-2012 too.

  • Also feel dumb for forgetting that Kerry Wood is back tomorrow. With that will hopefully see Montanex go and Wood return. Get that 13th arm back in the bullpen.

    Hopefully Wells gives us 6, Wood for 7th, Carpenter for 8th...and Marshall or Russell for the 9th. Samardzija is the other guy who only threw 1 inning.

  • Actually thanks to the fact that the BP Cup is jacked up on the loony juice, the Cubs only have to win 2 games. In the instance of a tie, the winner of the cup is the team that won the last game of the series.

    Because that makes sense.

  • In reply to James Fegan:

    Besides the fact that that is dumb, game 3's starter is Rodrigo Lopez. Which reduces the odds of winning by exactly a lot.

    So regardless, would have to sweep.

  • In reply to Swingline:

    In Lopez's last start against the Sox, he pitched 2.2 innings and gave up 9 runs. That doesn't bode well.

  • In reply to James Fegan:

    So you're saying there's chance?!

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Of course there's a chance! How much worse than the Twins (4-0 this season vs. Sox) do you think you are? Do we have a starter capable of keeping Carlos Pena in the yard? Are these questions I actually expect answers to?

  • Cubs fans don't care about this series. The two teams try their hardest to build it up solely to try and sell tickets. Any baseball fan knows these are two garbage teams not worth the price of admission.

  • I don't know about that. The teams aren't that good and even if I don't have an intense dislike for the White Sox, it's still fun to beat them. Not a whole lot to root for when it comes to the Cubs, so maybe we can at least have some bragging rights.

  • I think you can pull 9 guys off the street, put them in Twins uniforms and they would beat the Sox....hey, maybe the Cubs should try that.

    Anyway, you guys got the first one. We're going to have to rely on Rodrigo Lopez to pull this one out of the fire.

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