Why do White Sox Fans Hate the Cubs so Much?
Chicago is a city that takes its baseball very seriously and emotionally. There is venom spewed towards each team, Cubs and White Sox, from both sides of town. It is one of the best and most heated of all the Interleague rivalries. It brings out the worst in both fandoms. However, the hatred White Sox fans feel towards the Cubs and their fans is as strong as any in American sports. The whole world wide thing wouldn’t work as an example here because there are still international soccer fans out there. No one can match “Futbol” fans insanity and contempt for one another, not even the most devote Sox fan. But, White Sox fans come extremely close with their intense hatred of the Cubs. Admittedly, there are some Cub fans that act just as bad as the most boorish of White Sox fans. But, in my personal opinion, there is a lot more hatred coming from the southside Sox fan.
So, what are the reasons for all the hatred from Sox fans towards the Cubs? I have asked many Sox fans this question and the typical response is, “Cubs suck.” Really, that’s all they’ll say, they won’t even know why they hate the Cubs so much. I lived in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago for 8 years. I lived within walking distance of, “The Cell.” Even though I was a Cubs’ fan, I would walk to at least ten White Sox games a year. Plus, living in the Heart of White Sox nation, I got a good feel for the pulse of the White Sox fan. That pulse told me one thing, “White Sox fans hate the Cubs more than they like their own team.” There is a small minority of White Sox fans who only care about the Pale Hose and they waste zero of their energy hating the Cubs. But, finding one of these, “rational” White Sox fans is as hard as finding a full set of teeth in the mouth of a Sox fan at, “The Cell.”
The best example of White Sox fans hating the Cubs more than loving their own team happened to me the day the Sox clinched the World Series in 2005. This was during the time in my life I lived in Bridgeport. The whole neighborhood knew I did a sports radio show and that I was a huge Cubs fan. Well, seconds after Juan Uribe made his second great play of the ninth inning to wrap up that World Series, multiple people screamed into a window at my house, “Cubs Suck!” Yes, as White Sox fans stormed into the streets to celebrate their first Championship since 1917, dozens of people let me know how they felt about the Chicago Cubs. I’m not going to lie, a feeling of jealousy or rage flowed through me as I watched the Sox’ players celebrating in Houston. Then, the barrage of, “Cubs Suck!” were being screamed at me by faceless and gutless White Sox fans. My rage and jealousy turned into laugter. They weren’t screaming pro Sox stuff, they were screaming anti-Cubs stuff. I realized that in the greatest moment of White Sox elation, a handful of their fans were more worried about letting me know that the, “Cubs Suck!” then they were to celebrate their victory. Well, thank you, you witless Sox fans. It made me feel a lot better about the Sox winning knowing you actually cared about what I thought and felt.
You would think that after catching lightning in a bottle, becoming the luckiest team in MLB history and winning it all in 2005 it would make a more kinder and gentler White Sox fan, it hasn’t. To this day, if I wear Cubs’ paraphenalia on the Southside, I will hear someone yell out, “Cubs Suck!” Yet, to this day, I have never belittled a person just for being a Sox fan. However, if you start with me, I will finnish the argument. (BTW, keep reading this blog daily for a post about winning any argument with a sox fan, it’s coming soon.)
So, why is there so much anger towards the Cubs and their fans? I’m going to throw out a few ideas now, but I’m really going to need help from you fans on this one. Please, comment below. Is it because Cub fans are renowned around the World as the most devoted and loyal fans of any team or Club on the globe? Is it because people actually have fun in the ballpark? Is it because the Cubs don’t need to blast off fireworks to get a sellout on a beautiful summer Saturday night? Is it because people from around the world know the Cubs and don’t even realize the White Sox exist? Is it becasue the neighborhood around Wrigley Field is known as one of the great party atmospheres in America? Is it because White Sox fans are socialist and enjoy the fact that the taxpayers of Illinois built that concrete donut of a monstrosity you call, “The Cell?” Is it because Cub fans love their team and are indifferent towards the Sox? I don’t know, I’m just asking. I’m honestly not too worried why Sox fans hate us so much, Ive just always found it funny. So, I’d like to get some answers. By no means am I trying to say us Cub fans are better than Sox fans, I don’t have to, because most sports fans already feel this way. I just want to know why there is so much hate in their hearts.
So, White Sox fans, feel free to continue to hate the Cubs and us Cubs’ fans, I like it that way. Just remember, when the Cubs win it all, the silence in Bridgeport will be deafening. You won’t hear any of us screaming, “Sox suck!” We’ll be too busy celebrating. I will be thinking of Ron Santo and my Pops as I dance in the streets. You’re just going to have to deal with the fact that the ONE thing you had over us Cubs’ fans, 2005, is meaningless.