The 2011 Crosstown Classic – North vs. South
It finally feels like summer here in the Windy City, yet it isn't official until the Summer Solstice June 20th/21st. That date also happens to mark the beginning of one of the biggest events for Chicagoans all summer, The Crosstown Classic. Every year fans deck themselves out in their team colors to represent the north and south side of Chicago. It is a fun and exciting time in our city and the stadiums always sell out regardless of how the teams are performing. Season Of Ups And Downs We are a mere 60 games through the season and fans for both teams have already been taken on a wild ride. The White Sox started the season with an offensive explosion only to seemingly shut down two weeks in. It feels like they may be finding their stride as of late, but I am not jumping on any bandwagons. Being a life long fan of the White Sox I won't be convinced just yet, but I like what I am seeing. The Cubs on the other hand are in a downward tailspin with no quick fixes available. The team is just playing very poorly all around. Lack of offense, poor starting pitching, blown saves, etc. It feels like it may be time for a transition as they will part ways with Aramis Ramirez at the end of the season (they have an option that I can't see them picking up). A youth movement may be just what the Cubs need to rebuild the team and re-energize the Wrigley atmosphere. Injuries have been a big problem for the north siders, but if we are being honest with ourselves we can't attribute all of the losing to injury problems. Regardless of each team's respective record and talent, the Crosstown Classic games are always hard-fought and entertaining. From Aramis Ramirez's walk off home run a couple years ago to the infamous punch of A.J. Pierzynski by Michael Barrett. Dates And Times This year's schedule breaks tradition a bit with the series at U.S. Cellular taking place Monday June 20th - Wednesday June 22nd, all night games. The Wrigley Field series will be over 4th of July weekend and will surely bring fans who have abandoned the Cubs back to their seats. These games will all be day games allowing fans to enjoy the surrounding bar and restaurant scene in Wrigleyville. Predictions Without being biased because I do bleed black and white, I think the series will end up 4-2 White Sox. Adam Dunn is notorious for putting holes in the 3617 N Sheffield rooftop windows, and these teams are currently heading in complete opposite directions. Also the White Sox mop up during interleague play so I am fairly confident that we will take 4 games if not more, all 6 would be just dandy. The White Sox and Cubs will be playing the first game on June 20th at 7:05 pm with the series currently at 31-27 all time, advantage White Sox. Don't miss out on all the fun that the Crosstown Classic brings to the city and grab your tickets today!
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