White Sox lifer checking in. Our last Series victory was '17, and our last appearance was '59. We thought '94 was our year, but the Players Union disagreed. The Cubs benefit from National media exposure because of WGN and being owned by the Tribune Co. They also benefit from playing in Wrigley Field, the Paris of Ballparks. In the next quarter-century Wrigley will probably have to be torn down, but they will stave it off as long as humanly possible because when they build Tribune Stadium somewhere else in the city, everyone knows how many tickets won't sell. The Cubs do not sell out year after year, Wrigley Field sells out. As well it should. I'm not embittered by the vocal North Siders, I'm just floored by the short-sighted idiocy of Jay Mariotti and how sophomoric so many of their fans are. Ozzie Guillen sure has some precious soundbytes, but I would much rather have him than Dusty Baker's constantly coddling 'sensitive' braindead egomaniacs like Sammy Sosa and powder-keg pissants (*rimshot*) like Moises Alou. That said, there are a lot of likable guys and talented players the Cubs have. But in spite of their obnoxious woe-is-me, Cowboy Up, 1918 ballyhoo, I am pulling for the Red Sox and a big reason I don't want to see the Yankees buy their way to yet another World Series. As a White Sox fan there are no words to express the joy I have at the acquisition of JosÃ Contreras and $3 million in cash for one Esteban Loaiza. Like a Shingo Takatsu change-up, GM Kenny Williams floated through this deal and came out with a pretty good starting pitcher for a flash-in-the-pan journeyman. You may have seen Loaiza warming up in the bullpen or getting shelled by the Twinkies last round. Joe Torre's romanticism over Este-pen certainly greased the wheels of this one--selecting him over Mark Buehrle in the All-Star game to be the lone rep from the White Sox, even. Ah, love is blindness. Should the Red Sox get bombed by the Pinstripes, I will be pulling for what looks to be the Cardinals.