Slated for a three-game series at Fenway Park this weekend -- the teams' first meeting in Boston since the 1918 World Series -- both clubs will wear replica throwback uniforms.
"I think this is a great series for the fans, you're right, there is some history there," manager Terry Francona said. "I think it's going to be a big ticket. I think from where we look at it, though, it's an opportunity to win a game. We got a team coming in that we'd like to beat."
Generally, Francona isn't one to look ahead to upcoming series when talking to the media, preferring to focus on the series at hand. On Thursday, though, he made an exception.
Francona actually spent one of his 10 seasons as a player with the Cubs, in 1986. He hit .250 with a pair of home runs in 86 games over 124 at-bats.
"I lived north of the city, so I fought the traffic in, fought the traffic home and didn't get very many hits," Francona said.
Francona said of the two classic ballparks the teams inhabit, Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, he prefers the former. The dugouts at Wrigley made it hard to watch games, and when he was a player, the day games that the Cubs always played at home made life difficult.
"I always liked Fenway a little bit better," Francona said. "They're not going to cut you a break on the travel all the time because you didn't have lights. I remember feeling bad for Jody Davis our catcher, because he just got worn out."
As for the uniforms, the Red Sox's on Saturday will be a blank button-up with no lettering and a slight off-white or ivory color. The cap will also have a blank off-white tint, and the socks will be a three-part white-red-white combo. Boston didn't wear the familiar blue cap with a red "B" until the early 1930s.
Chicago will wear navy blue pinstripes and lettering on a grayish uniform. The Cubs used this uniform for only one season, changing their road uniforms on an almost-yearly basis during the 1910s.