Who’s Got It Worse: Chicago Cubs or Boston Red Sox?

Photo is courtesy of http://xtrabasehit.blogspot.com/ Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)

Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

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Right now, two of the most historic teams in baseball, the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox, are just battling to be the crappiest teams in Major League Baseball (oh yeah, the Phillies are making quite a run for the money as well). While both of these teams are playing horrid baseball, there are differences between the two franchises.

Firstly, the Cubs currently are sporting a record of 25-35 and currently sit at last place in what is at best a middle-of-the-road NL Central division. Meanwhile, the Red Sox sit with a record of 28-34 and are currently next to last in what has always been one of baseball’s more competitive divisions…though maybe not this year.

Secondly, the Cubs have a slightly better run differential than the Red Sox (-.02 vs -.03) while averaging 3.9 runs a game. The Red Sox are scoring an average of 4.1 runs per game.

In short, the previous two paragraphs represent fancy ways of saying that these two teams suck swamp water.

So why am I bothering to ask which fans have it worse? Very simply put, the Red Sox won the freaking World Series last year!

This is precisely my point.

Everyone and their uncle expected the Cubs to suck this season. Shoot, we’ve been awful for the majority of the last century and beyond. But the Red Sox were supposed to be good! They were supposed to be building a baseball dynasty up there in Beantown. What in the world happened up there?

Now before we get all crazy, let’s keep in mind that it’s not even the All Star Break yet. There is still a ton of baseball to be played. But if I’m a Red Sox fan (I wouldn’t be caught dead rooting for those guys by the way…ever) I have to be a bit more nervous.

Let’s face it, my Cubbies were a downright dreadful team last year, so this year they’re playing with house money if they win more than about 60 games or so. Any progress is good progress at this point.

But the Red Sox have a reputation to uphold. They are the defending World Series champions. It just seems much harder on an organization’s reputation to fall from grace than it is to remain in the cellar.

So who’s got it worse right now? I say Red Sox fans…all the way.

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