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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