Do: Enjoy the seats.
OK, so it’s not a real secret that tickets for Sox games aren’t hard to come by. Who cares? The food is delicious, the sun is shining, and the beer is cold.
Don’t: Argue Chris Sale over Jake Arrieta every chance you get.
Is there some “dominant Chicago pitchers must wear #49” rule on the books somewhere? Sale is doing it big this season with more wins than Jake Arrieta and an All-Star starting nod. He could be in line for his first Cy Young nod this season if he keeps up the pace.
Do: Start paying attention to Tim Anderson.
The young shortstop is the newest name to know on the South Side. Keep an eye on him. If he wins the AL Rookie of the year nod, he’ll be the third player in a row to win the award from a Chicago baseball team (Jose Abreu in 2014 and Kris Bryant last year).
Don’t: Worry about what the Cubs are doing.
There’s a long-standing narrative that Sox fans are more concerned about the Cubs futility than their own Sox-cess. It’s true. The Cubs are always going to be the Peyton to the Sox’s Eli, and who cares? As a matter of fact, here are three things that are infinitely better about being a Sox fan than a Cubs fan.
- You’ve seen a White Sox World Series win in your lifetime
- Did I mention that World Series win?
It’s the ultimate argument-killer. Major League Baseball’s ultimate prize hasn’t been seen on the North Side since the invention of the bra (No, seriously!), and Sox fans would do themselves a service to remember that and be content to support their own team without worrying what the Cubs are up to. (It also makes the Sox’s playoff drought since 2008 easier to stomach... right? No?)
Regardless of what side you find yourself on, realize that the state of Chicago baseball is better than a lot of other markets could even dream of. (I have a friend who’s a longtime Atlanta Braves fan and he looks like he could snap at any minute, #PrayForBarvesFans) Whether you’re a longtime fan of the Sox or Cubs, remember: just a month or two until the Bears break our collective hearts again!
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