By Doug Halberstadt
The beginning of another Major League Baseball season for both Chicago teams starts this Friday, April 1, no fooling.
The White Sox will open their 2011 campaign on the road with a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians. After their three games against the Indians, they’ll take a day off before starting a two-game series against the Royals in Kansas City.
The Sox won’t play in front of their home fans at U.S. Cellular Field until Thursday, April 7, when they host the Tampa Bay Rays.
Meanwhile, on the other side of town, the Cubs open their year in Wrigley with six straight home games. They play their first three against the Pittsburgh Pirates and follow that up with a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In past years, I’ve always considered myself more of a Cubs fan than a Sox fan. This year, I’m going to make a conscientious effort to give equal time to both clubs. I’ve never had anything against the Sox; I’ve just been more akin to following the Cubs.
I blame that on the influence of my family while I was an impressionable youngster.
People have suggested I can’t truly be a fan of both teams. It’s supposedly not possible to root for both the Cubs and the Sox. This season, I’m out to prove them wrong. I’m saying it can be done.
Since I don’t live in Chicago, I’m not under the pressure of being aligned geographically with either the north-siders or the south-siders. I can make a logical, objective decision of which team I wish to follow from week to week and, therefore, which team I’ll choose to write about.Who knows, I may even decide to write about them both some weeks.
I still haven’t decided what I’m going to do when they face one another. Fortunately, I have until June 20 to figure that out. That’s when the Cubs head over to “The Cell” for a three-game series. The Sox come to Wrigley for three games beginning Friday afternoon, July 1.
That should make it a much more interesting baseball season from my point of view. So, instead of cheering for the Cubs or the Sox, maybe I’ll simply say, “Go, Chicago!”
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.