If the White Sox tend to take the Crosstown Classic more seriously than the Cubs because of their alleged second-tier status in the city, that's on them, say the Cubs.
"I've heard that narrative. Just me personally, I wanna kick everybody's butt on the other side," Cubs manager David Ross said Saturday. "It doesn't matter what uniform they have on.
"A big part of winning and success that I've been a part of is that you come to kick everybody's butt on a daily basis."
In the 22 previous seasons of the crosstown series, it has often seemed to be the case that the White Sox take it more as a grudge match. Sox first baseman José Abreu suggested that to be the case, at least this season, on Saturday.
José Abreu on Crosstown: "We take a lot of pride in these games. We know the importance these games have for the city, for our fans, and we always try to beat (the Cubs), no matter what. ... We need these kinds of games, for the city, for the fans, for baseball."— Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber) August 22, 2020
The White Sox have a more competitive roster than recent seasons, and because it's only 60 games, the crosstown series matters more than other years.
However, Ross said putting one team above another is a "disservice." He said he learned playing for championship caliber teams in his career that you should try and "win the game and play as hard as you can, every day."
"We want to win them all," he said. "If we start taking one team lighter than the other or vice versa, then that's not the kind of brand of baseball that we want to play here for the Cubs."
White Sox just another team with a 'butt' Cubs' David Ross wants to kick originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago