This weekend, it's all about the BP Cup ... right?
Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle holds the BP Cup above the field before posing for a team photo with the cup just before the game with the Cubs at Wrigley Field in 2011.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
A little much:
Boarded-up windows, increased police manpower, safety barriers … what are they expecting to happen this weekend when the White Sox and Cubs battle for the BP Cup?
Fun with the Cup:
I don't know about you, but what I enjoy most about this series is hearing what the players from the winning team did with the BP Cup during the off-season.
For instance, last winter A.J. Pierzynski brought it home with him to share with his buddies during their annual golf outing.
Then there was Paul Konerko, who took it seemingly all over Arizona as adoring throngs lined up to get their pictures taken with it.
Best of the best:
Let's go over position by position to see which team has the advantage.
I'd have to say Castro over Ramirez at shortstop. Then I'd take … OK, that's enough of that.
Having said all that, watch this be one of the more entertaining cross-town series in awhile.
I honestly hope it is. Fans from both sides could use a lift.
Ozzie Guillen said Thursday that he's quitting Twitter.
And he said it as only he can.
"People out there are nasty. Nasty," Guillen told the Sun Sentinel. "I don't need that. I don't need the aggravation. So many nasty people that don't have nothing better to do. I'm not Kim Kardashian. I haven't said anything in my life to have a Twitter."
If Guillen were still managing the Sox, you'd better believe that would be the story all weekend long.
I guess it makes sense that Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister would be installed as the favorite for Saturday's running of the Preakness, but I'm not buying it.
He's got to be one tired horse after going that fast for that long.
I'll Have Another makes it 2- for-2 … I think.
What an amazing story Kevin Hickey had, going from a local softball star one day to pitching for the White Sox the next.
There was never a more energetic guy in the White Sox' clubhouse. He was a man who simply loved the game, loved his job and loved the Sox.
Win, lose … but definitely draw:
Arlington Park posted some encouraging numbers on its first two weekends of the meet.
Attendance for Mother's Day was 32,137, up 18 percent from 2011.
Opening day drew 9,307, up 23 percent from 2011 and the second-largest opening day crowd of the last decade. The following day, Arlington attracted 23,085, the largest crowd ever for Derby Day and a 23 percent improvement over last year.
When does Bears training camp start?
He said it:
"I never even think about it. The way I look at it, if the horse wants to get through, he'll get through. It makes it more exciting for me to go through there, and probably the trainer as well -- now that I think about it."
-- Jockey Seth Martinez, who is back riding at Arlington Park again this year, on how he isn't averse to guiding his mounts through tight spots during a race
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