Baseball fans hoping, praying for wins

October 4, 2008 10:42:52 PM PDT
The Chicago White Sox were back home Saturday after going down 0-2 in their best-of-five series against Tampa Bay.The Cubs, on the other hand, are in Los Angeles, and fans are hoping the power of prayer will help the team against the Dodgers.

The Sox had Saturday off, but first pitch for Saturday night's Cubs game is at 9:07 p.m. Chicago time. Fans have gathered at Clark Street bars to watch what could be the last Cubs game of the year.

ABC7 Chicago found a group of Cubs faithful fans praying for divine intervention that the team would get a much needed win Saturday.

"Basically, ask God directly, who is the only one with the power in the universe to do this," said Cubs fan Ricardo Pena said.

Without a victory, the season would be over for the North Siders, since falling two games behind to the L.A. Dodgers in the best-of-five series.

Some Cubs fans who witnessed the group's afternoon prayer, were hoping it would work. After all, it appears that, so far, nothing else has been able to stop years of playoff disappointment and the Cubs century-long World Series draught.

"I've cried too many times in this ballpark, and I don't want to do it again. So, they need to pull this one out," fan Elizabeth McKnight said.

Chicago's South Side baseball team isn't really faring much better in their playoff run, but White Sox fan Larry Finley says if Sox fans are worried, "They're not diehard White Sox fans. They don't really believe."

As the White Sox practiced Saturday for Sunday's game, players were hoping fans would remember to wear all black in support of their championship quest.

Ticket broker Max Waisvisz says fans can join the 'Rolling Blackout' for around $75 per seat.

"I see prices dropping because a lot of more tickets have been let go. So, it's actually an affordable price for the White Sox," he said.

If either the Cubs or the White Sox manages to keep their playoff hopes alive, city officials say, whatever the outcome, police and fire, as well as CTA officials, have a plan in place to keep Chicago and its residents safe.

" It doesn't change. We have the resources to professionally handle to fans as they come and go, whether that particular team wins or loses," said OEMC Executive Director Raymond Orozco.

The White Sox play at home at U.S. Cellular Field Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Game time is 3:07 p.m.


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