By Julie DiCaro
It's Crosstown Classic time again, sports fans. Here are three reasons to cheer for the Cubs.
>> Everyone loves an underdog: The White Sox are 3.5 games out of first, while the Cubs are tied for the NL Central cellar. Cheering for the Sox is like rooting for the Yankees. Don't root for the Yankees.
>> Jeff Samardzija: Raise your hand if you thought you'd see the day Samardzija was one of the top three starters on the team. Put your hand down if you're a liar. Samardzija's hot start is the feel-good story of the season.
>> Tony Campana: He may not be the best baseball player on the planet (or even the bench), but he's easily the fastest, and he's dying to steal home. We're dying to see him steal home. Seeing a guy steal home is more fun if he steals it for your team.
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Let's face it, neither Cubs nor Sox fans went into 2012 with playoff aspirations for their teams. That doesn't mean baseball on the South Side won't mirror many of the blockbuster movies on the big screen this summer, providing fans with action, drama and even a little comedy.
Our Captain America, Paul Konerko, just passed his 400th career homer, and Jake Peavy has been an Ironman on the mound. Phillip Humber's perfect game gave him Thor-like god status, and two words best describe Adam Dunn's power resurgence: Hulk smash. Our team colors assure there are always plenty of Men in Black on the field and even if the trade deadline moves some Expendables, the food, fireworks and fun that define Sox baseball will entertain all until once again the Dark Knight Rises.
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