One of the biggest laughs at U.S. Cellular Field this weekend came late Sunday afternoon when the White Sox placed a photo of Steve Bartman on the Diamondvision scoreboard and replaced his Cubs cap with a Sox cap.
The Cubs won't respond by showing notorious Sox fan William Ligue on their scoreboard next weekend. They don't have a Jumbotron at Wrigley Field, and they don't want to get caught up in the "Us vs. Them" mentality.
Nevertheless, the city series is always a good time for South Siders and North Siders to get on each other's nerves, as evidenced by the verbal abuse being exchanged throughout the stands. Halfway into the six-game showdown, here's the best and the worst of the city series:
Best quote: Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, on how he would handle a pitcher who showed him disrespect during a pitching change. "I told them in spring traininganybody shows me up, I'll fight you right there on the mound."
Best performance: Paul Konerko's two home runs and nine RBIs. He's hitting .359 with six homers and 17 RBIs in his last 12 games against the Cubs.
Worst performance: Greg Maddux allowed nine runs in four-plus innings Sunday, his worst outing since his third start on April 18 against Cincinnati.
Best snap: (tie) Moises Alou after getting called out on strikes by plate umpire Chris Guccione in the first inning Saturday, and Alou after getting called out on strikes by plate ump Eric Cooper in Sunday's game.
Worst snap: Frank Thomas getting ejected after striking out in the sixth inning Sunday. "Frank is a grown man," Guillen said. "He knows what he's doing. I'll be behind my players 100 percent no matter if they're wrong or right."
Worst baserunning: (tie) The Cubs' Ramon Martinez getting doubled off first by Timo Perez on a fly to right in the third inning Saturday. Corey Patterson getting doubled off first by Perez on a fly to right in the seventh inning Sunday.
Worst at-bat: Shingo Takatsu strikes out the Cubs' Todd Hollandsworth on a 67- m.p.h. curve in the ninth inning Saturday.
Best at-bat: Perez's two-run homer off Maddux in the third inning Sunday put the Sox in charge in the rubber game.
Biggest surprise: Sox rookie Felix Diaz defeating Carlos Zambrano on Saturday in his third big-league start.
No surprise: Sox marketing department putting Bartman's photo on the scoreboard.
Best throw: Mark Grudzielanek's relay nailed Juan Uribe trying to stretch a double into a triple in the first inning Saturday.
Worst throw: With Willie Harris trying to steal on a pitchout in the fourth inning Sunday, Cubs catcher Paul Bako threw to the left side of second base and into center field, allowing Harris to take third. Harris then scored on a ground out.
Best Sammy Sosa shot: His 454-foot home run off Esteban Loaiza in the second inning Sunday.
Best Nancy Faust shot: Longtime Sox organist plays "I wish I was an Oscar Meyer Wiener" when Sosa came to the plate in the fifth inning Sunday.
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