Ozzie Gullen is the greatest. If his gig in Chicago doesn’t work out, no offense to Bud Black, but I hope the Padres hire him. When his team is good, he’s their fiery leader and protector of his players. When his team sucks, he’s taking blame but also throwing people under the bus and swearing fluently the entire time. Seriously, I love the guy.
So anyway, he was asked about why attendance jumped when the Cubs were visiting the Sox or about why they Sox only drew 22,000 fans per game in the previous Dodgers series or something like that. Honestly, I have no idea how this came about, but it’s wonderful. Enjoy:
“Because our fans are not stupid like Cubs fans,” Guillen said. “They know we’re [expletive].” Guillen said Cubs fans will watch any game at Wrigley Field because “Wrigley Field is just a bar.”
Hang on, Hick Flick, Baker, and Riot, I’m not here to bash the Cubs, or even lavish any more praise upon the shoulders of Mr. Ozzie Guillen. We all know he rules, so I’m moving on.
My question is this: What sucks about being the more drunken and supportive baseball fans in the city, again?
Okay, sure, on the surface it sounds like he’s hating on Cubs fan and saying they just go to Wrigley to drink. I think most Cubs fans would answer that with a solid “yes.” Could it be that going to Wrigley Field is just way more fun than going to “The Cell” as it is (or at least used to be) aptly nicknamed? I’ve been to both fields and I can tell you, it’s not close. And I’m a Padres fan.
Even on the shittiest, coldest, worst day in May, which is what it was the last time I was at Wrigley, I’d still rather go there than to the White Sox’ home field.
So maybe Cubs fan isn’t as picky when it comes to watching winning baseball or horrible, lifeless baseball a.ka. standard Cubs operating procedure. Maybe they drink too much at the games and are a pain in the ass to deal with. And maybe the franchise hasn’t won anything worth winning (other than some divisional titles) in 100 years. What, you thought I was gonna make it through a whole Cubs post and not mention that?
Point is, Cubs fans are having a better time doing it…watching a losing team, that is. There is a kind of come-what-may, Viking-style joie de vivre that can’t be duplicated anywhere else in professional sports, and certainly not on the south side of Chicago.
And what, White Sox fan has a more discerning eye when it comes to rooting for their team? Please. They’re front-runners of the worst kind. That place was fucking packed when they were a winner.