Chicago Cubs fans will love the Chicago White Sox misery
At the beginning of the 2021 Major League Baseball season, the stage was set up nicely for the Chicago White Sox to become the premium baseball team in the city and leap over the rebuilding Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs were entering a season where it was inevitable that the team was going to part with the core that won the 2016 World Series and the White Sox, behind their core of Tim Anderson, Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, and new manager Tony La Russa were set to become a force in the American League.
Even after the White Sox got bounced in the first round of the postseason against the Houston Astros in 2021, there still was optimism in 2022 as the team figured to make the next step of their progress toward becoming a World Series contender. Little did the team know at the time that La Russa's health was declining and the core would struggle to stay healthy in what was one of the more disappointing seasons in Chicago Baseball history.
Banking on their core being healthy and with a new manager in Pedro Grifol, the White Sox entered 2023 with the goal of salvaging their contention window. After a 14-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, the White Sox are sitting at 7-19 on the season and 2 games away from the lowly Oakland Athletics in terms of having the worst record in Major League baseball.
Chicago Cubs fans will enjoy the misery on the south side from Chicago White Sox fans.
As crazy as it would have seemed at the 2021 Major League Baseball trade deadline, the Cubs may have already lapped the White Sox in their rebuild.
When looking at the White Sox, they have the feel of the post-World Series Cubs. The White Sox fell in love with their core and that love may have blinded them from the truth of the shortcomings of their roster. If the White Sox's downfall continues, they undoubtedly will become sellers at the trade deadline and hey, perhaps the Cubs might come calling.