CHICAGO (WSCR) Starting on Friday, the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox will start a historic series. It’ll be the first time the two teams have played each other in Fenway Park since the Red Sox beat the Cubs in the 1918 World Series.

The two franchises have a lot in common other than that World Series, which may or may not have been thrown by the Cubs. In 2004 the Red Sox snapped an 86-year World Series drought. At the time it was the second longest active streak, the Cubs held the longest streak in 2004 and still do today, 103 years.

“The Cubs, I mean they’ve put legitimate effort into trying to win a championship,” former Cubs and Red Sox player Bill Buckner said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “It’s not like they haven’t spent the money or done the things that they’ve felt necessary to win.

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“They have a good minor league system. They’ve put managers there that are qualified and have been there before. But, you can do all those things right and still not win a championship. You know, there’s only one team every year that does that. And if you keep on the right road and keep plugging away, you know, eventually it’s going to happen.”

Buckner is currently the manager of the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am Independent League. And he said if he ever tries his hand at managing in the Major Leagues, there’s two franchises where he’d like start.

“I have ties to both the Cubs and the Red Sox,” Buckner said. “So if I were to get involved in managing, those two organizations would be places I’d like to be, becuase they’re first-class.”

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