Polling place

Chicago Sun-Times - - COVER STORY - with steve green­berg sgreen­berg@sun­times.com @slgreen­berg

The Cubs-White Sox in­ter­league ri­valry dates back only to 1997, but it has had a few dis­tinct pe­ri­ods. There were the early years, when both teams’ fan bases still felt the des­per­a­tion of mas­sive World Se­ries droughts. There were the mid­dle years, when Sox fans waved their 2005 flags around like weapons of trashtalk­ing de­struc­tion. And there are the re­cent years, when Cubs fans have been able to do all the chest-puff­ing and chirp­ing.

Af­ter 20-plus years, though, let’s give things an hon­est look: Does the ri­valry still have all its po­tency and pow­ers? Does it get fans’ blood pump­ing as hot as ever? That was the first of three Cubs-Sox top­ics in this week’s “Polling Place,” your weekly home for Chicago Sun-Times sports polls on Twit­ter.

“No way,” com­mented @es­tereo. “It felt like more was at stake dur­ing the early days of in­ter­league. Cubs-Sox was a hot ticket in the early 2000s, from what I re­mem­ber.”

In 2020? Not so hot. Per­haps that has some­thing to do with the fact that there are no tick­ets.

But there’s lots at stake this sea­son. Why? Be­cause, as @hotrod­ex­press as­tutely pointed out, “Both teams are in the hunt.”

That has a pretty nice ring to it, from where I sit. On to the polls:

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