Watch Chris Sale and the White Sox as they travel eight miles up the Red Line to take on Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs in the Crosstown Classic this weekend at historic Wrigley Field.
Despite being insignificant the past few years due to rebuilding on both sides of town, the series carries more importance this year as the Cubs and Sox both make a push for a wild card spot in the playoffs.
With stars like Rizzo, Kris Bryant, and ace Jon Lester, the Cubs are in position to make the playoffs and give another shot and ending the 107-year championship drought. The Sox, led by Sale, Jeff Samardijia, and Jose Abreu, are fighting to get in position for a postseason run as they celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their last championship.
After the game, Friday will feature a concert on the field by pop band Fitz and the Tantrums. The group will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch and lead the crowd in the seventh inning stretch. The concert is free to anyone with a game ticket.
On Sunday, the teams will celebrate recently deceased legends Ernie Banks and Minnie Minoso, known as Mr. Cub and Mr. White Sox respectively, by wearing jerseys from each player’s respective era. The Cubs will wear 1958 jerseys with Banks’ number 14 on the back and the Sox will wear jerseys from the same era.
When the teams meet at US Cellular Field next month, the Sox will wear 50s throwbacks with Minoso’s number nine on the back. The White Sox hold a 56-48 edge in the series, including a victory in the 1906 World Series, the only time the teams have faced off in the playoffs.
The games on Friday and Saturday start at 3:05 p.m. and at 1:20 p.m. on Sunday. The use of public transportation is recommended as the Addison Red Line stop is feet away from the ballpark, located at 1060 W. Addison St. Tickets start at around $45 and are available at cubs.com.