BATTLE: Chicago. Yes, another movie reference. Right now, the Chicago Cubs and White Sox find themselves in another Crosstown Classic. Have you ever thought of the men who played on both sides of this rivalry?
This weekend, the weather in Chicago will set the tone for this brief three-game set between the North and South Side of the city. On Friday, Tyler Chatwood took the mound, taking on former Chicago Cubs catcher, Welington Castillo.
A familiar face who appeared to be the building block behind the dish after Geovany Soto was shipped off. Soto, a former Rookie of the Year for the Cubs in 2008, played for the White Sox later on in his career.
In fact, several members of the Chicago Cubs ended up on the opposite side of the city, representing the White Sox. Which is exactly why we are here right now. Who are they?
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You know, in case you forgot about these names. While scrolling through my Twitter feed, I came across a post that was retweeted by the wonderful Carrie Muskat.
In the Tweet shared by Muskat, it provided the name of 17 individuals who took part in this series, wearing both uniforms.
Dioner delivers in powerful fashion
On May 29th, 2013 in a game against the White Sox at Wrigley Field, Dioner Navarro had a day. Navarro delivered a 3-for-3 with six RBI performance, hitting home runs in the second, fourth, and sixth frames.
At the end of the day, our boys walked away with a 9-3 victory, improving their record to 21-30 while the Sox fell to 24-26. Good times.
Waiting to join the party
Waiting to add his name to this pool of names is none other than 29-year-old southpaw, Jose Quintana. Quintana was acquired by the Cubs on July 13th in a package built around top prospect Eloy Jimenez.
Honestly, two or three of the other prospects included in the deal could have been saved, but the Cubs were in a hurry to get a deal done. Fine by me considering the fact that I’ve been a fan of Quintana’s since his big league debut.
Now, since arriving with the Cubs, he has yet to square off against the team that called him up on May 7th, 2012. Unfortunately, he will not take the mound opposite the White Sox this weekend.
Surely, he’s itching and hoping to get the opportunity to represent the North Side when the Cubs take on the White Sox in late September.
By then, let’s hope our Cubs are in a position to clinch the division and prepare for another long postseason run. Until then, there is still plenty of baseball to be played.