The annual Crosstown Classic is back this baseball season as the Chicago Cubs face the Chicago White Sox. The first two games (Monday and Tuesday) are at Wrigley Field on Chicago’s North Side while the final two (Wednesday and Thursday) head to US Cellular Field on Chicago’s South Side.
Even with the Blackhawks taking much of the spotlight these last couple springs, this is a still a major rivalry. Let’s take a look at the top five moments in Crosstown Classic history:
5. Mike Caruso’s home run to sweep the Cubs (June 13, 1999)
- More: Caruso was coming off a 1998 campaign where he finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting but this was probably the highlight of his career as he would only play another full season, after 1999, in the big leagues with the Kansas City Royals (2002).
4. Kerry Wood’s final strikeout and standing ovation (May 18, 2012)
- More: A real spine tingling moment as the longtime Cubs pitcher had one more appearance at Wrigley Field in the Crosstown Classic before he retired. Wood struck out Sox slugger Dayan Viciedo on an 0-2 pitch in the top of the eighth and then walked off the field as his son waited to hug him near the dugout. [Watch the video]
3. Sammy Sosa hits a home run to tie the game with two outs in the ninth inning (June 9, 2000)
- More: The Cubs legend stepped to the plate and faced Sox reliever Keith Foulke, who had just inherited the closer role earlier in the season, with the Cubs down two and hit a game-tying home run into the left field bleachers. Arguably, even more drama would come later as Sox second baseman Ray Durham hit a game-winning single in the 14th inning. Still, something about having a game won and then seeing it ripped away with just an out to go!
2. Carlos Lee’s walk off grand slam (June 8, 2001)
- More: Lee, better known by many fans as “El Caballo,” sent Sox fans home happy with a grand slam bomb off Cubs reliever Courtney Duncan in the 10th inning after the Sox bullpen pitched nine scoreless innings in relief of starter David Wells.
1. Michael Barrett vs. A.J. Pierzynski (May 20, 2006)
- More: This is probably one of those moments that you remember “where you were when.” Trying to score on a sac fly in the second inning, Sox baserunner (and catcher) A.J. Pierzynski decided to run over Cubs catcher Michael Barrett as he was blocking home plate, despite the fact the throw from Cubs outfielder Matt Murton was late. Needless to say, Barrett took offense and punched Pierzynski which ignited a huge brawl between both teams. Barrett was later suspended ten games by Major League Baseball and Pierzynski was fined. [Watch the video]