Thursday, June 23, 2011

Day 17: Chicago -- All Sides Sitting on All Sides of Us

Day 17:

Wednesday night the Chicago Cubs visited White Sox U.S. Cellular Field, on a drizzly cool (60s) Chicago evening.

The WINDY city was abuzz with excitement.  Even the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) subway tickets hyped the series.
Imagine us with 40,000 Hatfields and McCoys in equal numbers randomly placed in the stadium. The two sides drank beer, ate hot dogs, cheered and booed vociferously, not caring that neither team is very good.
The White Sox took a 3-0 lead in the 4th inning and the team’s fans haughtily gave the business to all Cubs fans in close proximity.
Bases load with Sox

The language was salty and the threats seemed real. A very large police presence was in force and visible. Each team scored a run in the 5th and the Cubs scored two in the 6th including a massive homerun to narrow the Sox lead to 4-3, and this energized the Cubs fans to give the business right back to the suddenly nervous and cowed Sox fans.
However, the White Sox hung on to win 4-3, the same score as at the 7th inning stretch.
Sox fans went home loud and proud -- jeering the fans of the Cubs all the way out of the stadium.

Everyone had a great time.

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