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As a matter of law, the Twins are the White Sox’ arch rivals

Feb 16, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

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There was a ruckus in the stands at a White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field back in 2004. A woman, among others, was arrested and charged with battery. The charges were eventually dismissed. The woman then turned around and sued the White Sox for violating her civil rights in removing her from the ballpark.

That lawsuit, as lawsuits tend to do, has lingered for several years. It was dismissed on summary judgment. The dismissal was upheld on appeal just the other day.  I don’t really care about the suit itself. But I do care about the judicial activism displayed in the first paragraph of the court’s decision:

Fricano asserts that the Cleveland Indians are “the arch rival” of the Chicago White Sox. While the two teams maintain a healthy rivalry, this court notes that it is generally accepted, at least among informed baseball followers, that the title of arch rival belongs to the reviled Minnesota Twins, to be shared, during inter-league play, with the Chicago Cubs.

I’m hoping that another court decides this question differently and the matter is presented to the Supreme Court.  I could probably make some money as a hired gun consultant or something.

(thanks to Dan Feinstein for the heads up)

  1. sjs1959 - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Tis true; the Sox were BatGirl’s object of disaffection more than any other club, for which I used to taunt her on her blog. I miss BatGirl.

  2. Old Gator - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    This was not judicial activism. This was strict constructionism. The judge’s decision indicates that he knows how to read the tea leaves and isn’t wandering blissfully around in a field of metaphors.

    • southcapitolstreet - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      As an originalist, I feel the court erred by failing to consider what team would have been considered the White Sox’s “arch-rival” at the founding of the American League. Let’s see what Scalia has to say.

    • dink53 - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:18 AM

      This comment is dicta and, therefore, not binding.

  3. Max Power - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    My civil procedure professor was known to spend a lot of time listing his qualifications in the event he was called upon to be an expert witness on the subject of professional wrestling. He is now a federal district court judge.

    So stranger things have happened.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    I plan on turning Indians and Tigers fans into the police when they make unlawful claims about who their main rival is.

  5. kopy - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    As a Twins fan, I agree. The two teams were hot recently during the same decade, and now they’re about to race each other for 4th place in the AL Central. They’ve also had some close races in the past. Which, speaking of, the White Sox are the only team that has been in the Twins’s division ever since they moved to Minnesota from Washington. It sometimes feels like more of a de facto rivalry than anything else, but without Milwaukee in the AL, it’s the biggest there is.

    Also, the White Sox moved to Chicago from St. Paul, where they were called the Saints. So there’s that.

    • dadawg77 - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:37 PM

      Downed this because I hate your team. -A White Sox fan

  6. nategearhart - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    The White Sox are EVERYONE’S arch-rival.

    • azvikefan - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      Especially when incoherant Ozzie was around.

  7. alphabetazeta - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Make a note of this – Today will be the last day of 2012 where the White Sox are featured in a HBT headline. That is until we read “White Sox Set Record for Most Losses in MLB History”

    • Detroit Michael - Feb 17, 2012 at 7:18 AM

      You think the White Sox are worse than the Twins, A’s and Mariners? I doubt that they are the worst team in the 2012 AL, let along in MLB history.

      • alphabetazeta - Feb 17, 2012 at 9:20 AM

        Just the dreams of a Cubs fan.

  8. philliesblow - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    For the AL Central the rivalries are as follows:
    Sox – Twins (carry over from the old AL West)
    Tigers – Indians (carry over from the old AL East)
    Royals – Relevance (Carry over from the KC A’s role as Yankees feeder system in the 50’s)

  9. steveohho - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Good Guys 1 Woman 0

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      She gone!

  10. meteor32 - Feb 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    In my 4 years in Minneapolis, I’ve always gotten the impression that the Tigers were the Twins biggest rival.

    • Joe - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      That’s not a crazy thing to think–there was the epic game 163, the race in 2006, and a few big series with Detroit. The Sox, though, have Hawk Harrelson and A.J. and Jenks and they’re all just so easily hated.

  11. JB (the original) - Feb 16, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Tough call. In the ebb and flow of things, there was a stretch where the Twins and Tribe were “two teams that don’t like each other much” up until CC Sabathia left town. Heck, we had umpires giving out “warnings” before games even started. But overall Twins and Sox have have the most history.

    • JB (the original) - Feb 16, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      and when I say “Sox” I mean White Flags.

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