With the Cubs being potential World Series champs for the first time in quite a while, national media has been constantly covering every single second of Cubs action. This coverage has come at a cost for the cross-town rival. You may have heard of the Chicago White Sox(?). Many media outlets have somehow forgotten that there have been two World Series played in Chicago that didn’t involve the Cubs(1959: Dodgers vs. White Sox; 2005: Astros vs. White Sox). Some of these outlets include ESPN and CBS Morning News.
ESPN’s Sportscenter was comparing the championships won by Chicago teams versus Cleveland teams since 1965. On the Chicago side, there were 6 championships for the Bulls, 3 Stanley Cup wins for the Blackhawks, and 1 Super Bowl win for the Bears. Wait, isn’t something missing? Does the 2005 World Series ring a bell to anyone? Apparently, ESPN has forgotten one of the best postseason runs in MLB history, when the White Sox went 11-1 in the postseason including a sweep in the World Series.
CBS This Morning made a similar error in one of their tweets. They posted a picture of the World Series logo being painted onto the grass at Wrigley Field and captioned it “Wrigley Field is prepping this morning for an event Chicago hasn’t seen in 71 years: The World Series.” Ummmm didn’t Chicago see a World Series in 1959 and 2005? CBS This Morning doesn’t think so. Fortunately, they posted a tweet correcting themselves by clarifying that Chicago did host a World Series in 2005, although they still left out the World Series that Chicago hosted in 1959.
Don’t take this as me trying to downplay the hype of the Cubs potentially winning their first World Series in 108 years. As a Chicagoan, I do believe that Cubs fans should feel the same happiness that White Sox fans felt in 2005. All I’m trying to say is that even though it’s great to see the Cubs get all of this coverage on national media, people shouldn’t forget that there’s another baseball team in Chicago with a history about as rich as the Cubs and they shouldn’t be brutally thrown into the memory hole.