The Cubs Losing Could Actually Be Bad For The White Sox
The Cubs lost on Tuesday night, and they're now down 3-0 to the Mets in the NLCS. I'm sure that many of you, as White Sox fans, are celebrating this fact. Don't worry, this isn't going to be some lecture on how you shouldn't care about the Cubs.
If you want to hate on them, it's not my style, but do you. I have to say, though, that the Cubs winning could be in your best interest as a White Sox fan.
Yes, if the Cubs win, you'll never hear the end of it. The fan base as a whole will become just as obnoxious as the Red Sox fan base has, as well as the BEST FANS IN BASEBALL down in St. Louis. Hell, they could be worse. It will be incredibly annoying. It could even prove to be enough to make me hate the Cubs.
But I'm willing to take that chance.
You see, as the White Sox head into the winter, they do so as a team with holes to fill. They also do so as a team that is certainly flawed, but not beyond repair. This is a team that could be competitive in a hurry if certain moves are made.
It's just I don't think those moves will be made as of now. Jerry Reinsdorf opened up the wallet last winter, and he was repaid with a 76-win season. Not exactly the return on his investment he was looking for, and trust me, Reinsdorf is a businessman. The return on investment matters to him.
So what could convince him to continue spending this winter?
How about the prospect of the world champion Chicago Cubs?
Let's be honest with ourselves. We are the Second City's second baseball team. We are the afterthought when it comes to Chicago baseball. A lot of you bristle at this, and I understand why, but it doesn't stop it from being true.
Should the Cubs reach the World Series, or even win it, Reinsdorf would feel pressured to build a winner as soon as possible just to keep this franchise moderately relevant. If he thinks attendance is bad now, he should be terrified of the prospect of a great Cubs team residing eight miles to the north as the White Sox battle for a .500 record in 2016.
So the Cubs winning could prove to be the motivation for Reinsdorf to spend whatever it takes this winter.
In other words, a Cubs loss tonight could be the difference between Colby Rasmus and Jason Heyward holding up a White Sox uniform for the media this winter.
So keep that thought in the back of your mind should you find yourself getting a little too excited about the Cubs demise.