WRIGLEYVILLE — Remember when the Crosstown Classic was a must-see ballgame for fans?
That's not so much the case anymore for games between the White Sox and the Cubs, at least when it comes to ticket sales.
As of Friday afternoon, tickets remain for Monday's and Tuesday's tilts at Wrigley Field, according to a Cubs spokesman. The least expensive available ticket for both games is $21.
As for Wednesday's and Thursday's games at U.S. Cellular Field, a White Sox spokesman said "plenty of tickets remain for both games, with prices as low as $19."
The White Sox, who had 99 losses last year, are 14-15 and 3½ games behind first-place Detroit in the American League Central division. The Cubs, 9-17, are already 9½ games behind the Brewers in the N.L. Central.
The series, which began in 1997, also is having trouble attracting a sponsor for the Crosstown Cup, a 15-pound silver trophy that debuted in 2010. BP had been the sponsor from 2010-2013.
"Nope, no new sponsor for the cup as of yet," said the Sox spokesperson.
The White Sox lead the all-time series 49-45, although the Cubs won all four games last year.
In 13 Wrigley games this year, the Cubs are averaging 30,645 fans — ninth best in Major League Baseball. The White Sox are second-to-last in attendance with a 16,873 average — a 41.5 percent capacity — in 16 home games.
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