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Flashback #80: Cubs, Sox In Playoffs (2008)

A fan of the Chicago Cubs wearing a Kerry Wood #34 jersey sits next to a fan of the Chicago White Sox wearing a Jim Thome #25 jersey. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

A fan of the Chicago Cubs wearing a Kerry Wood #34 jersey sits next to a fan of the Chicago White Sox wearing a Jim Thome #25 jersey. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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As of 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary on January 3rd, the station has begun to reveal (in chronological order) the Top 100 Chicago Sports Stories that have occurred since they first went on the air 20 years ago. Once all 100 of these “flashbacks” have been revealed, fans will be able to vote for which stories they believe are the most significant in the 20 year history of The Score. To see all of the Flashbacks that The Score has posted so far, please visit 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary page.

October 1, 2008 – Cubs, Sox play in playoffs

Following the 2008 season, for the first time since 1906, both the White Sox and the Cubs were in the playoffs at the same time.

Though both teams won their division in 2008, they did so in completely different fashions.

The Cubs wrapped up their division with nine games to play after a win against the Cardinals, providing enough time to rest their key players and get their starting rotation in order. The White Sox, on the other hand, needed to play a one-game playoff against the Twins to earn a playoff berth.

Regardless of how each team got there, the mere fact that both teams were in the playoffs set the city of Chicago ablaze. Unfortunately for Chicago baseball fans, the celebrations for either team didn’t last long

The Cubs faced the Dodgers in the NLCS, and despite owning home-field advantage, the series was over almost as quickly as it started. The Dodgers swept the Cubs in three games, outscoring them 20-6 over the best-of-five series.

The story wasn’t much different for the White Sox, who were eliminated by the eventual American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays, 3-games-to-1.

Since the 2008 season, neither team has reached the playoffs.

The Score will continue to release a new Flashback each weekday until they reach 100. Check back tomorrow for a new one, or check out all of the previous Flashbacks: 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary »