When Gail Fischer asked Mark Buehrle on Friday's edition of Chicago Tribune Live if he ever considered the Cubs during his free agency, the former White Sox starter gave the most politically-correct answer possible.
Buehrle, speaking like someone who grew up a Cardinals fan and played a dozen seasons for the White Sox, then elaborated.
"I had friends and family who pretty much said said 'hey, if you go to the Cubs, I'm gonna boo you every time you pitch, every time you take the mound,'" explained Buehrle. "It's hard to say. Obviously, it would've been one of my first choices, being in Chicago, playing for the White Sox -- I think every White Sox fan would turn to start hating me if I went over to the Cubs side. But never say never, there's a lot of crazy stuff that happens in the game. It would've been tough, but you never know."
That doesn't sound like someone who seriously would've considered overtures from the Cubs.
The entire interview with Buehrle is worth a listen, as in it he explains how tough it is for him and his family to leave Chicago. It's not just about leaving his teammates, it's about leaving ushers, parking attendants and neighbors he's become close with since joining the Sox in 2000.