An All-Chicago World Series? Let's Not Get Ahead of Ourselves

Steve JankowskiAnalyst IApril 28, 2008

The end of April is upon us, and both the Cubs and White Sox are in first place in their respective Central Divisions.

This doesn't happen in Chicago very often, and it has led fans of both teams to ponder and discuss the possibility of the 2008 World Series being played entirely within Chicago city limits.

Sure, it's exciting that both teams are in first and that they're both playing good baseball, but it's still April people!  There's a long way to go.

When discussing this possibility at this juncture of the season, one must remember it's the Cubs and White Sox we're talking about here.  These are two franchises with less-than-stellar track records when it comes to getting to—and succeeding—in the postseason.

One only needs to look at the fact that these two franchises have played a combined 237 seasons between them, and have won a total of five World Series titles.

Of course, these two clubs have played in a World Series before—back in 1906.  It was each club's first appearance in the World Series, and the White Sox knocked off a Cubs team that won 116 games in the regular season, four games to two.

But just because this has happened before, and both teams are in first place now, doesn't mean it's going to stay that way all summer, and into the fall.

2004 provided a close call, as both teams were competitive throughout the summer, but neither made the playoffs.

It doesn't make any sense to start predicting a World Series entirely within Chicago city limits so early on.  That's why I'm refusing to join the chorus of people talking about its possibility.  I'm not saying I don't want it to happen, but I just think it's too early to seriously talk about it.

Maybe if they're still in first in August or September, we'll talk.  But then, there's the playoffs that both teams will have to navigate. 

If it happens, it'll be great, not just for the teams and their fans, but for the city of Chicago as a whole.  It would certainly be a huge boon to the city's economy, and if it goes well, it could boost Chicago's image in the eyes of the IOC. 

There's a long way to go, and both teams have shown positive signs early on that indicate they will be competitive in their divisions.  Both will have to keep up this level of play in order to make this dream a reality.  The odds are against this happening, but it certainly isn't impossible.