The Chicago Cubs are now the White Sox, after the White Sox won the City Series finale in 2021 with a 13-1 win over Kyle Hendricks at Guaranteed rate Field. This was a three-game sweep.
The ’21 Cubs, coming off their vaunted sell-off, went into that game on the South Side with a 6-20 record in August and the third-worst record in baseball since the All-Star break, ahead of only the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers. The Sox led the American League Central by 10 games and were 19 over.500.
The future looked exceedingly bright for the Sox, while the Cubs were entering the rebuild that president Jed Hoyer wouldn’t call a rebuild.
Hendricks pitched again at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, with the Cubs back in contention for a playoff position for the first three years. Meanwhile, the Sox were playing out their string after selling off some of their own players, having the worst record and being 14 1/2 out of first place.
Times flies whether you’re having fun or counting the days until the start of the offseason.
No one could’ve predicted back in August 2021 that Hoyer’s plan would soon start paying dividends, or that Sox general manager Rick Hahn would be under fire…