The following is from the editorial page of this morning Chicago Sun-Times. Read it first. I will comment later.
Rude Sox fans ruin the fun
June 22, 2011
Cubs manager Mike Quade talks with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen before Monday’s game at U.S. Cellular Field. | Charles Rex Arbogast~AP
Updated: June 23, 2011 12:51PM
What is wrong with these fans?
I haven’t been to a Cubs vs. Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field in several years. Here’s why: I brought my young, grade-school daughters to several games. We had seats a couple rows in back of the visitors’ dugout. Every game we attended was just terrible.
We all wore Cubs shirts. The Sox fans spent almost the entire game facing us, not the field. They used disgusting language. They were obnoxious, abusive, unfriendly, vulgar and drunk.
At first, I thought, it can’t always be like this, just a bad crowd. We went the next year — another bad crowd. We tried again on a Sunday — better but not good.
The last game I attended, a Sox fan reached into my car and grabbed a small sign from my daughter’s hands. I decided, that’s it, I am not going back.
I have attended games in St Louis, Milwaukee and Cincinnati and never been attacked like this from start to finish, win or lose. Even the Yankee fans were better behaved at Wrigley Field.
My daughter went to the Cubs vs. Sox game on Tuesday. Same old, same old. She said nothing has changed. The fans were rude and abusive.
I don’t get it? Doesn’t anybody go just to watch the games? I grew up on the South Side of Chicago. This is embarrassing!
Tina Oswald, Oak Lawn
When I first decided to write about this, I planned to leave Tina’s name off of the letter, but since she is the one who wrote it, I felt I should give her due credit. You see, I do not fault Tina for her opinion. I disagree with her, but I do not fault her for having that opinion. Where I do find fault is with the editors of The Sun-Times who chose to print this letter. What was the point? The only possible outcome was to inflame an already poor relationship between fans on the North Side with those on the South Side. It also perpetuates the stereotype that “all” Sox fans are just a bunch of hooligans, and that Cubs fans are nothing but the innocent bystanders of their heinous attacks. For every story like this from a Cubs fan, there is an equally abusive and vulgar story from a Sox fan who has visited Wrigley Field as part of the Cross Town Classic.
There are good and bad fans on both sides of town, and unfortunately these games seem to bring out the worst in both of them. When Tina described Sox fans as being drunk and obnoxious, I have to wonder if she has actually ever set foot in or near Wrigley Field. Certainly I do not think many people would describe that crowd as sober and polite. And I am positive that “all” of the Cubs fans will be very welcoming and considerate of the Sox fans when they make the trip up north next weekend for the second round of the yearly series.
There are actually a lot of very good and dedicated fans on both sides of Chicago, and it is a shame that the few bad apples have put such a tarnish on the fun. With both teams having a difficult time on the field, was this really the time to pick at an old wound? Was that really the best “Letter to the Editor” they had to fill up the space this morning? Or were they just trying to stir up an old controversy to help with lagging newspaper sales. Everyone knows that The Sun-Times is just jealous of the larger, better read newspaper from the other side of the river.
The Tribune would never print crap like that!