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Misery Loves Company

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Oct 21, 2004 3:05PM

Cubs fans and Red Sox fans have commiserated over the years over the respective curses preventing the teams from winning the World Series. The two teams and their fans were brought even closer last season, as both teams lost game 7's of their respective leagues' League Championship Series. Pretty much every baseball fan alive dreamed of the Cubs-Red Sox World Series that never came to fruition.

While the Cubs failed to even make the playoffs this year, the Red Sox are again taking a stand against their curse -- supposedly a result of their sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees so that the Red Sox owner could produce a Broadway show. By beating the "Evil Empire" New York Yankees, the Red Sox have their first chance since 1986's debacle to attempt to win the World Series.

So should Cubs fans feel happy for them? So they be all green with envy that the Red Sox got to where the Cubs should have last year? How's a Cubs fan to feel? And what happens if the Red Sox do win the World Series, breaking a longer standing curse?

Never fear Cubs fans, for you can still commiserate with fans of a certain other baseball team. And in fact, most of those fans are right here in Chicago. The White Sox, while not as well hyped, suffer from a curse as well! In fact, one could argue that it's the most severe one of the three. The White Sox suffer from the Black Sox Curse!

In 1919, eight members of the White Sox took money in return for throwing the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Since then, the White Sox have never won a World Series. That sure beats the hell out of some stupid goat!