When two successful, traditional teams play in the same city, rivalries are inevitable.
Fans often side with one of the teams, and one of the most satisfactory things in the world is beating the other at anything.
The Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs both have a lot of fans.
During their respective home openers, however, the White Sox got the edge over the Cubs in fan attendance.
“The White Sox drew 36,948 for their season opener, beating the Cubs in the opener attendance game,” Jon Greenberg of The Athletic tweeted.
The White Sox drew 36,948 for their season opener, beating the Cubs in the opener attendance game.
— jon greenberg (@jon_greenberg) April 12, 2022
While it’s a fact and nobody can ever dispute a fact, some context should be there to explain the White Sox’s “victory”.
Two Different Realities
They are a playoff-caliber team, one that has made October baseball in the last couple of years and is full of promise.
The Cubs, however, are coming off a rebuilding year, in which they traded most of the core that won a World Series title in 2016.
Fans, understandably, take these factors into account when they decide to go to a game.
The Cubs, however, made some really interesting additions over the offseason that suggest they may return to contending sooner than later.
One of them, Seiya Suzuki, is already becoming a fan favorite, a reason for supporters to go to Wrigley Field and watch the team.
Marcus Stroman is another one of those players, too.
The White Sox won’t win any distinctions or awards for beating the Cubs in attendance for the home opener: it’s just a fun fact.
They will surely make the postseason, and while the Cubs will have a harder path, they could, too.