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White Sox fan buries 2005 World Series champions hat in Wrigley Field cement

White Sox fan buries 2005 World Series champions hat in Wrigley Field cement
Photograph: Stephen Green

Over the weekend it was revealed that a member of the Wrigley Field construction crew, who is a White Sox fan, buried a 2005 World Series championship hat somewhere in a mix of cement inside the stadium.

White Sox fans likely see this as some sort of great victory for themselves because they haven't seen their own team earn too many wins on the field this season. Meanwhile, superstitious Cubs fans (of which there are many) might see this as an additional curse on a team whose history is plagued with bad luck.

Both of these viewpoints would be wrong, though. For Sox fans, burying a hat in cement, even if it is in the depths of the Cubs' home stadium, is the wrong way to go about rubbing the 2005 World Series title in Cubs fans' faces. Hiding it in the concrete like a mobster would hide the body of someone he's whacked serves as a perfect analogy for the perception of your team and fans—out of sight and out of mind in the Chicago sports landscape, despite winning a World Series title in the last century. If you really want to get under Cubs fans' skins, you need to wear that gear in public to remind them that the Sox have actually won a championship in most Chicagoans' lifetimes.

If you're the superstitious type, then you know that the Cubs are vexed by much stronger curses and jinxes than some White Sox fan hiding a stupid hat somewhere in the stadium.

If it makes Sox fans feel better, this will make the South Side team somewhat relevant this October when announcers inevitably talk about this storyline in games during the Cubs' World Series run.

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