I would love to say that I watched the game yesterday and then proceed to break it down for you. However, I was unable to see the game. It wasn’t on WGN, so I didn’t get it. Instead, I spent my afternoon listening the to the Bears win against the hated Packers (sorry Andy). At one point, I pulled the score up on CBS Sportsline and saw we were down 1-0 in the late innings. We hadn’t hit all day and I was feelin a little grim. It would be horrible to drop 2 in a row against a team that we are capable of sweeping. I think it would have sent us into a tailspin with the double header tomorrow. Then, I checked a little later and see we put up 5 runs and win the game. Not bad. Maybe I shouldn’t watch anymore!!! Tomorrow, it’s very important to at least win 1. Most double headers are split, so anything less than that is unacceptable. With Prior pitching against Pavano in the first game, I think the game to win would be the second game. Matt Clement vs David Weathers to me sounds a little more appetizing. We’ll just have to wait and see. No matter what, I am beginning to get a little confidence in this team.

Fan Mail Part II

I love me some E-mail from the readers. I love to hear peoples questions, opinions, requests, praise, and criticism. This weekend, I was privileged to hear from fellow Cubs fan, Dan Kummer

Greetings I just discovered your blog recently and have been checking it daily…along with numerous other baseball resources. I’ve been a cubs fan my entire life despite growing up on the Southside. Thanks for giving me that added Cubs fix.

Wanted to bring a topic up and get your reaction to it. Last night I’m hanging out with a couple Sox fans. Why is it that sox fans go out of their way and put so much energy into hating the cubs? I know a ton of fan for both the sox and the cubs and it seems like a very 1 sided rivalry. Of course a lot of the cubs fans don’t like the sox and like to see them make fools of themselves… but they just don’t seem to go to the extent that the sox fans do to wish evil on their cross-town rival. I agree that there’s nothing like a good rivalry to fuel more excitement into a ballgame, but is there some deeper animosity that sox fans have for the cubs? It’s like, If you ask a Cubs fan what they think of the sox the answer seems to be “who cares” But if you ask a Sox fan their feelings of the cubs the answer is a long and violent spewage of obscenities that continues long into the evening. It’s even gone to the point of Sox fans buying tickets to Wrigley just to cheer on their opposition. What would make a person go to so much trouble and spend top dollar (hottest ticket in town) just to radiate negative energy?

I do have some theory’s on this behavior, but I’d really like to hear your thoughts..

Daniel
age 29

This is a great thing to bring up down the stretch as the Cubs are again in the thick of the hunt for October and the White Sox have yet again fallen short. Personally, I fall into the belief that White Sox fans are bitter at the Cubs and their fans for some reason. I can’t figure out why though. It’s not as if we win World Series after World Series and they are stuck with nothing. These two teams never win the World Series, they play in different leagues, and have two completely different areas in which they play. If anything, the two teams and their fans should get along. It would be nice to root for two baseball teams in Chicago. After all, right now, we have a 1 in 30 chance of winning each year. If we had 2 teams, our chance would be 1 in 15.

I think the reason for all the hostility from Sox fans is because of the attention that the Cubs receive from the city and the nation. Sox fans know that the Cubs are no better than they are and yet they have a big TV deal, national attention, and fans that pack the ballpark from far and wide. The Sox have essentially the same product over the years, but do not get the attention the Cubs do. To use an example, think of it as a kid who gets a new brother or sister. Now, he is stuck playing second fiddle to someone that doesn’t bring anything more to the table. The baby gets all the attention and the older brother or sister is reduced to complaining. That is the only thing I can think of to explain it. I have to admit though, Sox fans annoy the crap out of me.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail