Posted: Aug 28, 2006 8:26 pm |
Edited by: some guy in chicago
Cubs: Northsiders; more affluent fans; owned by Chicago Tribune which traditionally gives the Cubs more newspaper, radio, and TV coverage and less prone to criticize the Cubs than the Sox; WGN was one of the first channels to be carried nationally and since WGN shows the Cubs games, Cubs games get televised across the country causing some envy of the usually better Sox; Cubs can be in last place, 5 years in a row, and still sell out the stadium almost every game, causing envy of Sox fans; Wrigley Field is 2nd oldest stadium standing, generally regarded as the most beautiful field in baseball, almost 100% original and full of character; after the games, you always pour into the neighborhood and step into a bar for a few drinks after the game to celebrate the win or forget the loss with drinks; two of the Cubs announcers Harry Carry and Jack Brickhouse are legendary figures full of character and charm, and the latest radio announcer, Ron Santo, was a legendary Cub player, and now a Chicago instiution with his battle against diabetes
Sox: Southsiders; more working class fans; until winning the World Series last year, could hardly fill half the stadium on their best days even though usually better team; Sox ballpark is about 10 years old and as generic as they come; there is no neighborhood surrounding Sox Park, and not much to do afterwards; Sox haven't had many colorful announcers, and watching their games on tv can be dry.
Things have changed much in the last 15 years or so. Used to be Cubs fans were the working class fans, and the area surrounding Wrigleyville was run down, and on the rough side. All Cubs games were day games until 8/8/88. So most of the people that went to the game, especially the bleacher seats, were out of work bums, hence the term bleacher bums, cause back then bleacher tix were like $2. Then on Aug 8th, 1988, Wrigley finally got lights for night games, then Wrigleyville started shaping up, now it's all yuppy-ized there, and ticket prices have gone through the roof (fans pretty much "voted" to prevent stadium enlargement/changes in exchange for more expensive tickets; stadium only holds just over 41,000 where as most modern stadium hold 55,000-60,000). It's not the working class fan base, nor neighborhood anymore.
I've never really heard Sox referred to as the suburb team, but I guess I can see how that could me. Sox park is right off an interstate, and has parking lots. Wrigley is buried in a neighborhood, not near any interstate, and has no public parking.
I think that much of the rivalry is rooted in Northsiders thumbing their nose at the poorer, white trash, southsiders. While the Southsiders get frustrated that while they traditionally have a better team, the city never gives them the coverage they deserve because of the Trib ownership of the Cubs.
I've been a Cubs fan since I was in 2nd grade, and a big reason why I moved from Texas to Chicago. But I also love the Sox. When I want to have fun, enjoy life, and forget my troubles, I go to a Cubs game. But when I want to watch true baseball, I watch a Sox game. For every Sox game during last year's series, I was in a bar, across from Wrigley, rooting on the Sox.
If you want to learn about one of the funniest moments in Chicago history, where baseball collided with music, do a google search for "Steve Dahl Disco Demolition". You just can't make that shit up. Hysterical. Involves Sox, vinyl records, anti-disco, and a riot.