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Crosstown Crossfire

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Jun 25, 2004 3:28PM


Today's the day Chicagoist has been waiting all season for! The first game between the Cubs and White Sox begins this afternoon at 3:05pm at U.S. Cellular Field. Mark Prior faces off against Jon Garland in the first of three games between the two clubs this weekend.

The Cubs' and Sox's success on the field again has fans dreaming of a Red Line World Series. Will it happen? If history is any indication probably not, although the Sun-Times points out this is the first time the two teams have been over .500 when they've faced off since interleague play began in 1997.

And history didn't stop Mayor Richard Daley, Chicago's most prominent Sox fan, from campaigning for a fall rematch:

I think a "Red Line World Series" is a real possibility this season. Not only would it be great for fans, it would bring more national media attention to Chicago. When we hosted the Democratic National Convention in 1996, the Wall Street Journal ran a page-one story calling Chicago "America's urban paradise." It would be nice to top that.

For those who are not natives to Chicagoland but want to look the part this weekend and next, here's a handy little glossary of Chicago baseball.

And since we already debated Cubs vs. Sox last week, we'll throw out a topic: Phil Roger's All-Chicago team. Chicagoist think it's pretty obvious which team's owners sign his paycheck. Discuss!