Why must people, especially TV people, insist on calling the Cubs-White Sox interleague series the "Crosstown Classic?" Once upon a time, there was an exibition game between the two teams before interleague play came into being. Originally, it was called the Boys Benefit Game, with proceeds going to charity.
Then it was the Gatorade Windy City Classic or some such thing, and then it was the Crosstown Classic. It was one game a year, and I guess it had to have a name.
But the regular-season series between the two teams are just that _ they're games that count in the standings just like every other game, only the excitement level around town gets turned up to "11" on the dial, as well it should.
But Crosstown Classic? Please.
On to more serious matters, Big Z will have his MRI arthrogram today, and we'll know more after the game how serious the shoulder is. Lou says Sean Marshall likely will come up next Tuesday to pitch in Big Z's spot. Marshall worked 8 innings of 4-hit, 1-run ball last night for Iowa. Lou also wrote off Marmol's wildness last night in Tampa as an "aberration."
Here's the lineups:
And remember, no more of this Crosstown Classic stuff.