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White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers (right) waits while Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena celebrates his solo home run May 30 at Wrigley Field. (Brian Cassella / Tribune / May 30, 2013)

It's been a bad year for Chicago baseball. The city's beloved ball clubs enter the All-Star break a combined 27 games under .500, and any hope created in 2012 on either side of town seems long dead. The 2013 season will be remembered by fans of either club as sad and painful, so it's the perfect time to ask an invaluable question: Which team makes it fans happier?

RedEye developed a formula that considers 16 factors in the categories of regular-season and postseason victories, individual player performance, milestone games (a no-hitter, for example), season awards, and those ever-elusive qualities that make fans remember any given season as “magical” or “painful.”

This is a work in progress, but overall, we are happy with the results. We now present the past 15 years of the Chicago Baseball Happiness Scale. (Click here for a complete explanation of how these numbers were tabulated.)


Cubs: 69

The 1998 Cubs had everything short of a World Series title. Monster individual performances (66 home runs, 20 strikeouts), a pennant race and a one-game playoff victory at Wrigley Field that was the ultimate Cubs fan victory. With no expectations, getting swept in the playoffs hardly mattered.

Sox: 43

Sox finish two games under .500 in Year One of Jerry Manuel. Great second half for Albert Belle.



Cubs: 34.5

Nothing fun here except for Sammy Sosa reprising his half of the home run chase. He finished with 63, while Kerry Wood missed the season with Tommy John surgery.

Sox: 37.5

The lowest ranked White Sox season of the past 15 years turned out to be a prelude to a division title. Hey … the kids can play!



Cubs: 36.5

The final year for Mark Grace, who won a ring with the Arizona Diamondbacks the following season. Sad times at Wrigley.

Sox: 65.5

This. Was. Rough. The Sox win an AL-best 95 games, then get swept by the Seattle Mariners. Frank Thomas goes 0-for-9 in the series.