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Sox and Cubs Need a Limpia Before We Play Ball

A dream come true, some say, is a nightmare waiting to happen. Baseball fans and its players are some of the most superstitious people, so why don’t they bring out “el curandero” and rid the sacred ground of goat-curses, black cat theories, and make it clear to everyone attending a game, at either Wrigley Field or U.S. Cellular Field, that they should only reach-in for a ball if a Chicago player hit it into the outfield.

Nail-biting paranoia has Cubs fans, and as of yesterday White Soxs followers anticipating the best-case scenario, that is, the Cubs and the White Soxs playing against each other in the World Series. Es posible! The last time both teams met face to face in the post-season was 1906. Two years later the Cubs would win the World Series, but only about 6,000 fans witnessed the win. The White Soxs have been anxious for another glorious victory, still savoring their last in 2005.
Chicago’s always been a segregated city, but this time it’s not by the color of your skin or even the country you immigrated from, but by the team to whom you have pledged allegiance.

Who are you rooting for? Latinos are on both sides of the “Red Line,” the train line that has stops at both baseball parks. The Cubs straight-forward manager, Lou Piniella, known for kicking dirt and throwing his hat at umpires is Cuban and the boisterous Ozzie Guillen is Venezuelan. Cubs’ puertorrican catcher, Geovanny Soto,25, is aiming for the “Rookie of the Year” award, and Alexi Ramirez’s grand slam in the last game of the season is his fourth and the team’s ticket to the play-off spot. A total of fifteen Latino players from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic will have a chance to be part of baseball history.