The Cubs poured beer into the "Crosstown Cup," with an amused Alfonso Soriano saying he would wait for the real thing to use champagne.
The Cubs dream about the day they will be spraying bottles, their clubhouse covered in plastic, and they have to lead the league in talking about the future. It's everything from the artistic renderings of a renovated Wrigley Field to the focus on minor-league affiliates like Daytona and Kane County. So they'll take this silver trophy.
Even if the Blackhawks have taken up most of the city's oxygen, this playoff run still fueled some motivation. Even if this rivalry's biggest personalities are gone, the White Sox gave this more juice than a typical Thursday afternoon game on the North Side.
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"The same intensity," Soriano said after an 8-3 victory. "But now it's more about the players. Before, there was a lot of controversy. But now it's more like play the game and have fun."
Ozzie Guillen's press conference would have been must-see (bleeping) television if his White Sox had just lost three games in four days and got outscored 24-6 by the Cubs. And maybe Travis Wood - who submitted six innings of two-run ball and hit a grand slam into the left-field bleachers - can swing with Carlos Zambrano.
But the buzz hasn't been the same, with the Cubs (22-30) drawing only 31,968 on Thursday, the highest total for the three games split between Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field this week. A 24-27 White Sox team isn't capturing the imagination either.
It's been all about the Blackhawks, with groups from both teams going to the United Center for Wednesday night's Game 7, watching the Blackhawks survive an overtime thriller against the Detroit Red Wings.
"We got a lot of new faces here on this team," pitcher Jeff Samardzija said. "To be honest, we haven't had that many games where these guys can see what these Chicago fans and these big games are like.
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"They're totally different (when) everyone's coming out and people are fighting for tickets and there's a madhouse going on outside the streets. It's a different feeling than when you're just playing another team on a weekday here."
Samardzija put on a No. 24 Bob Probert jersey - he said his father played hockey like an enforcer - and did the shoot-the-puck promotion with White Sox captain Paul Konerko. The Cubs talk about the homegrown core. The Blackhawks already have one, opening the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday at the United Center.
For Samardzija, this was a reminder that the window won't stay open forever.
"To see that excitement and see how people react to those situations, how bad they want to be at those games and how bad they want the playoff games, it makes you realize that this stuff needs to happen now," he said.
"It needs to happen as soon as possible because they're something special and you don't get too long to get things like that done."
The Cubs played through pain, with building-block catcher Welington Castillo (2-for-4, run scored) getting X-rays but otherwise waving off the Alex Rios swing that hit his left hand and knocked off his glove. They knocked out Jake Peavy after four innings, putting up six runs on eight hits and hoping this series could be a springboard.
"We played great all-around baseball," said Wood, who's now 5-3 with a 2.75 ERA and looking like a long-term piece. "We did everything right this series and hopefully we can build off that and just keep it going."
The Cubs have used the W flag as part of their messaging, wearing T-shirts that say "WHEN IT HAPPENS."
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"I've seen the videos, back in 2008, 2003. Wrigleyville was rocking," first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. "It's a process to get there, (but) once we get going the right way, in another direction, this ship will get going fast."
The Blackhawks brought the Stanley Cup to Wrigley Field one night in June 2010, when Ted Lilly almost threw a no-hitter and beat the White Sox 1-0. Remember these two teams still have to make up Tuesday night's rainout at U.S. Cellular Field.
Until then, manager Dale Sveum absorbed the energy Wednesday night inside the Madhouse on Madison.
"You can't help but understand the passion of the fans in this city and see the electricity," Sveum said. "You can't help but think the what-ifs and when it all comes together what it will be like in this place and around Wrigleyville."