Don’t let the win today fool you. While A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios made the Cubs look like a little league team, combined going 8-9 with a walk, including 2 home runs and 5 RBI, the Crosstown Classic is still a disaster wrapped up in shiny wrapping paper. No amount of Jake Peavy pitching like the Cy Young Winner he once was will disguise the stench of rivalry.
The only good thing about playing the Cubs is that they are just so terrible right now that they got us the longest winning streak of the year: 3 whole games! Perhaps a few wins against the North Siders will give the Sox enough momentum to get out of this funk.
There are so many things about this series that make me angry. For one, it undoes much of the unity that the Blackhawks’ recent win brought to the city. For another, it brings out the worst in everyone. It reminds me of how much I hate Cub fans whenever I see them throw home run balls out on the field or one of them says they “love to hate” their team.
Bright moments of today’s game: A.J. Pierzynski is a different player entirely at Wrigley, the crowd was mixed enough that I heard a strong chant of “Let’s go White Sox!”, and White Sox pinch hitters make the Cubs look like idiots.
Not so bright moments: Gordon Beckham, Tony Pena’s unfortunate outing, and Scott Linebrink’s control.
Stay tuned for more of Chicago’s personal sports disaster as the weekend goes on!