by R. Lincoln Harris
The major league season is often compared to a marathon, and rightly so. No other sports league puts its players through 162 games a season, and they would go broke if they tried. It takes 10 baseball games to equal one football game in terms of overall importance on the regular season. The ratio drops to 2-to-1 for basketball and hockey, but the point is still clear: baseball games are, by far, the most bountiful commodity in professional sports.
With April now in the books, it seems clear that a trend has developed in this young season. Chicago, a city that has long been starved for baseball success (with one notable exception), has emerged as the best town for winning baseball. Whether at Clark and Addison Streets on the North Side, or 35th Street and the Dan Ryan Expressway on the South Side, Chicago is seeing lots of winning baseball this year.
17 wins matches the #Cubs franchise record for most in the season’s opening month.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 29, 2016
The Cubs have famously not won the World Series since 1908, and they’ve never hoisted the Commissioner’s Trophy, which was first introduced in 1967. The White Sox won the trophy in 2005, and they never tire of reminding Cubs fans–and the rest of the world–of this fact.
Chicago played host to the first cross-town World Series back in 1906, when the South side’s “hitless wonders” knocked off a Cubs team that had won 116 games in the regular season. The Cubs are on pace to shatter that record this year, winning over 120 games if they play the entire season at the .750 clip they recorded over the first four weeks. The White Sox are on pace to win “only” 113 games, which would be the best regular season performance since the 2001 Seattle Mariners.
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There are still five months of the regular season left, along with four rounds of playoff games in October. Winning brings fans out to the ballpark so get your tickets now, Chicago fans, and enjoy the ride on both sides of town.