I don't usually do this, because the hype from this series generally overwhelms the importance of the baseball for both teams.
But in today's Tribune, unabashed Sox fan and columnist John Kass spewed out this nonsense:
Did the Cubs win the World Series? No.
Hence, no rivalry.
And that's the alpha and omega of the thing. The Sox won the Series. The Cubs didn't. So let's play three. If the Cubs sweep the Sox, the Cubs fans will be giddy with joy. Their season will be complete. How very sad.
Why? Because if that happens, the Cubs will have swept a good team, the defending World Champions, and maybe that would give an indication that they can still make something of this season.
It would "complete" my season? Absurd. It would have no more meaning than, say, a sweep of the Cardinals. Oh, right. That's already happened this year.
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So, logically -- Blanco ought to start behind the plate today, and Michael Barrett could DH against the lefty, with Jerry Hairston in RF.
Don't expect this to happen. It makes too much sense.
Maddux, for his part, is trying once again to tie Don Sutton and Nolan Ryan (324) on the all-time win list. He is the winningest pitcher all-time in interleague games -- nineteen of them.
And with these two pitchers going, the game could be over before rush hour.
I'm going to give Mike the last word today:
Discuss amongst yourselves.