Outsiders Insider: Root For The Other Guy... Just This Once

Joe HuberCorrespondent IJune 12, 2009

CHICAGO - MAY 22:  Fans reach for a bat that slipped out of the hands of Jeromy Burnitz of the Chicago Cubs and flew into the stands during a game against the Chicago White Sox on May 22, 2005 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the White Sox 4-3.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The standings?

Chicago White Sox: 5 1/2 games back of the first place Detroit Tigers, with the Minnesota Twins in the way.

Chicago Cubs: 2 1/2 games back of the first place Milwaukee Brewers, with the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds in the way.

Neither team playing particularly well.  Neither team utilizing their starting pitching.

But, neither team is really out of it.

As a fan of neither one of these teams, my voice is likely to be lost amongst the fold.

"You can't root for the White Sox and the Cubs."  "No true Chicagoan would ever root for the (north/south) siders.  They are such idiots."

But here's the real deal.  If you root against your city rival starting tomorrow: You're the idiot.

The White Sox take on the team the Cubbie boys are chasing in the form of the Brew Crew.  The Cubbie boys themselves?  The team in the immediate sights of the Sox: Minnesota.

I will never understand why the Cubs and Sox can't root for each other, because both fans are from Chicago, but I accept it.  Just like I accept that other Red Sox fans like Fever Pitch.

OK.  I've stalled long enough.  Out with the question.  


What is more important?  Winning your awful, terrible, horrendous division?  Or having bragging rights because the team across didn't win against a team that wasn't your favorite team growing up?

You're right...meaningless bragging rights mean so much.

That's the thing about a Chicago baseball fan.  Some people hate the other team more than they like their own team.

On the radio today, I hear the afternoon Saloon on a certain sports talk station today, and one of the main hosts stated that he "had no rooting interest in what happens at Wrigley Field."  Which begs the question:  WHY NOT?!?!?!

Your horrible team is only 5 1/2 games out of first, and the team directly in front of you is playing a team that can leap frog you into second with a sweep.

Your awful team is only 2 1/2 games back, and the team that leads your division can be a half game ahead if the opposite city team sweeps and yours does the same... 

I can see your reluctance to root for the cross city rival.

I know I'd hate it if the New York Yankees were eight games out and they swept the Tampa Bay Rays to give the Boston Red Sox first place, because hatred for another team totally trumps the love of your favorite team.

Does the sarcasm drip?

Why does it have to be a hatred across the city?  It casts such a dark shadow from 35th to Addison.  I sincerely hate wearing non-Cubs gear during the season.  Granted it's a "B" instead of the interlocking "Sox", but I still feel the glares.

The real question isn't about whether or not you want your cross town teams to collide in October, and in this year, November.  

It's whether or not you'll be rooting for the north or south siders every day this season, it's whether you'll be scoreboard watching this weekend.

Where does your allegiance/intelligence lie?


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