This is for you Dave and Jen!
I started my life out on North Ave. (Wilson Ave. actually - but my parents were in Old Town.) North Ave is the dividing line of Chicago. North of North Ave (pronounced Nort) you are a Cubs fan. South of Nort Ave (pronounced Sout - you Sout sider) you are a Sox fan and NEVER the two should meet.
Growing up my dad and I watched whatever game was on. The Saturday "Game of the Week" was a staple in our house - could be Yankees/Red Sox or Philadelphia/St. Louis...we'd watch. So in regards to Cubs, Sox...we watch both; we cheered (and/or booed) our guys from both sides of town. They are from CHICAGO. I want to see CHICAGO win championships.
I only started swimming years ago to get stronger for BASEBALL. At 5' 8", batting .750 in high school they wanted me to hit the ball out of the park more. I needed strength. Swimming was supposed to do that. It did...but I wound up getting hurt (and then cut due to injury) from the baseball team my sophomore year of HS. I healed and played water polo - and went on to win three water polo State Championships in HS while swimming my way to a NCAA Div. I scholarship. My last baseball game I pitched a complete game victory - a shut out, giving up only four hits (curve ball and change up were working and I was spotting my moving fastball nicely); I went 5 for 5 at the plate with a home run, two doubles and two singles with a stolen base and 5 runs scored. This put my team into the championship game the next day the same day I was swimming in the summer conference meet (where I earned the MVP trophy). Enough about me...
We went to one baseball game a year (two if we were really lucky) when I was a kid; most of the time we alternated - one Cubs, one Sox. If the teams were good and we had the money to go - one of each.
So who do I cheer for when they play each other? Yes. This recent crosstown series ended the way I wanted it to. EVEN. More debate...but more importantly - BOTH TEAMS in FIRST PLACE! If you want to see real hate then bring me Fredbird on a plate and let's go beat up some Minnesota Twins in the living room (since they play indoors). (Apologies Jen.)
If they play in the World Series...I'm good - because one of my teams will win.
A new team to hate? Tampa Bay...yeah, let's have perfect Florida weather and have a dome. At least buck up for a retractable dome.