Going into this year's battle for supremacy of the Windy City, there lacked a certain electricity in the air. The games didn't seem as vital to fans of either the Chicago White Sox or Cubs this season.
Attendance figures bore that out in a big way. Chicago fans filled 95,808 seats at U.S. Cellular Field for the three Crosstown Classic games held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
That's well above average on the South Side, where the White Sox are near the bottom of the major leagues. However, for the supposed rivalry between the two teams, those numbers are terrible.
Worst. Attendance. Ever.
Since the White Sox and Cubs began playing for real in 1997, they've never failed to send fewer than 106,563 through turnstiles on either side of town. That low-water mark was set last season at U.S. Cellular, when the White Sox were under-performing and the Cubs were 10 games out.
Is it as simple as the fact that fans don't care anymore? Maybe.
Just to throw some factors at the wall, let's discuss some possible causes for the big drop in interest.