Chicago Stinks

October once again means storm clouds over Chicago.

OK, I’ll give you this, Chicago is a great American city, third biggest in the country, the home to deep-dish pizza, the Sears Tower and Da Bears. The Windy City.

The city of gangsters and Al Capone, and Mayor Richard J. Daley and machine politics, and Michael Jordan and the Bulls.

But when it comes to baseball, Chicago stinks.

The only city in America which has continually housed  two teams for more than 100 years, Chicago has precious little to show for it.

This year, for the first time since 1906, both the Cubs and the White Sox made the playoffs in the same season. Predictably, less than a week later, Chicago was done.

Three and out Cubs! Four and out White Sox!

Take the Cubs, Please

Let’s take the Cubs first, or as Lou Piniella might say, “Take my Cubs, please.” They exited without a whimper, a three-game sweep at the hands of the Dodgers making it nine playoff losses in a row.

In the last two seasons, the Cubs have been swept from the playoffs by the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers, and have scored a measly six runs in each series.

This was supposed to be the year for the Cubbies, breaking that century old jinx and the curse of the Billy Goat. The Cubs won back to back World Series in 1907 and 1908, and haven’t won one since.

The Cubs haven’t even been to the World Series since 1945, right after WWII, when Harry Truman was President. Fittingly, they were battered by the Tigers, 9-3, in the seventh game at Wrigley Field.

Pale Hose a Weak Sister

The White Sox haven’t done much better. Oh they did win the World Series in 2005, breaking an 88-year jinx, but that has to be considered a fluke more than anything else.

Even Haley’s Comet comes around once every 76 years. Even a blind bird captures a worm.

Prior to 2005, the White Sox beat the Cubs in the 1906 World Series (well, somebody had to win) and the Giants in 1917, threw the Series to the Reds in 1919, and lost to the Dodgers in 1959.

That’s it. That’s all Chicago has to show for more than 100 years. Decade after decade of lousy baseball.

You’ve got to be kidding me.

Yes, Chicago stinks in baseball.


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