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The Crosstown Cup

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Crosstown Cup

For years, the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox have carried on a rivalry known as the Crosstown Cup.

With the Cubs visiting U.S. Cellular Field on Monday to open a four game series with the Sox, Chicago sports fans are starting to get fired up in support of their favorite team.  Since Cubs catcher Michael Barrett slugged Sox A.J. Pierzynski in 2006, the rivalry has been anything but boring.

In 2016, this series really does not carry much weight. The White Sox are struggling and may not even make the playoffs after starting the season out in first place. The Cubs have been in first place pretty much all season and are considered by many to be the favorites to win the World Series.

Many Chicago sports fans were excited to see the Sox get off to a great start. Before the Sox stumbled, fans were looking forward to an all-Chicago World Series. Now almost 100 games into the season, this series represents nothing more than bragging rights between the two clubs.

As it stands now, the White Sox lead the Crosstown Cup series 55-49 with the last meeting between these two teams coming last August.

With the White Sox last World Series coming in 2005 and the last Cubs World Series coming in 1908, the White Sox have “bragging rights” of sorts. 2016 looks to be the year that the Cubs win it all again and end their long World Series drought.

Whatever the result of the season, Chicago sports fans will base the success of their clubs season on this Crosstown Cup series. White Sox fans may say that this series is more important to them because of their record. If the Sox do take three games of the four game series; or if they sweep, and the Cubs win the World Series, Cubs fans will forget all about the result of this series.

Chicago baseball fans are a very supportive fan base of their respective team. This season, the series may not mean a whole lot in the standings but it definitely means a lot as far as bragging rights go.

This years installment of the Crosstown Cup is surrounded by trade rumors on both teams. Many insiders have reported that Sox start pitcher Chris Sale may be on the move as the trade deadline draws closer. The Cubs, who just traded for a key bullpen arm, are also looking to possibly add another outfield bat. The end of July is always an exciting time in baseball but with this rivalry heating back up, it just adds to the excitement around the league.