This may in fact bring scandal upon us all, but I am very close to converting to the Dark Side. I made my first ever trip to a White Sox game this evening and had a blast. As any good city rivalry, you can't sit the fence. If you live in New York, its either Mets or Yanks. Here in Chi-Town, its Cubs or Sox. Or as one T-shirt read, "Cubs Sux."
Let me go on record as saying that my ueber-baseball team is now and ever shall be the Atlanta Braves. Being from the South and named after a Civil War soldier/relative, that's just a given. But being here in Chi-town and being a huge baseball fan. I have heretofore been reluctantly placing my local allegiance to the Cubs, having been to several games at "the friendly confines." In fact, I rigged my initial visit to Seabury to be on days the Cubs were in town. I have never been a huge Cubs fan jut a fan of Wrigley field, although their announcer Ron Santo is cool. US Cellular is no Wrigley, but its clean and spacious and charming in its Post-Cookie Cutter but not quite retro post modern style architecture. I am also something of a purist, so I root for the National League. (Hey, if the pitcher is making $6 million+, he can learn to bat for himself.) But it would be nice to have an American League team to root for, thereby I don't have to worry about being accused of being a turncoat and rooting for a competitor when the Braves are in town.
But if ever there was hospitality at a MLB game, I got it tonight at the Sox game. I got into a discussion of my allegiance dilemma with the fellow sitting next to me at the game. He (and subsequently other people who were regulars in the section I was sitting at) were trying to recruit me to the Dark Side. They even talked the beer guy into giving me a free beer. Good Guys wear Black, so the logo says. At least they haven't been cursed by a goat (just a little Black Sox World Series game throwing, but perhaps its best not to dwell on such minutae).
I do relish the idea of being able to wear a hat that needles the yuppie, white collar North Siders. So, if you see me around wearing a Sox cap, you will know I have succumbed to the power of the South Side...er Dark Side, or free beer, whatever.