In years past it's been about city bragging rights, but now there's a prize to play for.
Under the rules of the newly established BP Crosstown Cup, the two teams will continue to meet in a yearly six-game head-to-head series as they have since 1997. The team with the most wins in the yearly series will be formally awarded the rivalry’s namesake trophy. If the annual series is split 3-3, the BP Crosstown Cup will be awarded to the winner of the series’ last game, a press release explained.
"It'll give a little more impetus to the rivalry," said Cubs manager Lou Piniella at Monday's announcement.
Players were less-than-convinced.
"I don't think it needs the cup, technically, to get the rivalry to another level. It's pretty intense as it is, but I guess it'll add a something little extra at the end of the series," said Sox infielder Gordon Beckham.
"It's hard to add more meaning to this rivalry than what's already there, especially from the fan base," added Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
The teams will kick off their first series of 2010 at Wrigley Field on Friday, June 11, and will celebrate their 75th meeting on Sunday, June 13. The BP Crosstown Cup trophy will be awarded in a formal ceremony at U.S. Cellular Field following the deciding game of the six-game series.
The cup itself was not unveiled Monday. It's reportedly still being designed.