GREENBERG: Wade Davis occasionally indulges himself by daydreaming. What of? What else? Delivering a pitch that sets off a championship celebration.
GREENBERG: No one is better than Kris Bryant. No one has proved more than Anthony Rizzo. But the most important Cub has been Willson Contreras.
The Cubs may run the city’s baseball scene, but the Sox — who came in on a nine-game losing streak — struck first in this year’s Crosstown Classic.
ONE THROUGH NINE: Both the Cubs and the White Sox have pep in their steps and steel in their spines. How often have we been able to say that?
Winning and good chemistry tend to go together, probably in a chicken-or-egg sort of way. There’s no doubt the young Brewers’ vibe has gotten better.
There’ve been 14 previous Cubs-Sox trades, only five of which bear revisiting. Why? Each involved big names or produced a conclusive winner — or both.
Deal plays perfectly into each side’s plans: for the Cubs, to aim now for their next title; and for the Sox, to be the No. 1 up-and-comer in baseball.
We asked the All-Stars from the top five NL teams by record if the Cubs — at 43-45 — are the team to beat. Would you believe none of them laughed?
For about three hours, it seemed almost a sure thing that the outcome would be decided as though the Cubs didn’t even exist.
First pitcher to start in All-Star Game in consecutive seasons for different teams, Sale is elite on a level Chicago can’t sniff without him around.