Frank Kaminsky won’t be shedding any tears if the Chicago Cubs don’t end their 108-year World Series victory drought.
In fact, Kaminsky, who grew up outside of Chicago, just might throw a celebration of sorts if the Cubs come up short again.
Kaminsky has been a lifelong Chicago White Sox fan and “Frank the Tank’’ frankly has no love for the National League team on Chicago’s north side.
“I don’t like the Cubs,’’ said Kaminsky, the Charlotte Hornets talented young center while holding a Cleveland Indians hat after Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee. “I don’t like the Cubs at all.’’
Kaminsky, a former University of Wisconsin star, created a Twitter firestorm two weeks ago when he donned a Steve Bartman Cubs jersey with the No. 44 (Kaminsky’s number) on the back to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field and then to a NBA preseason game against the Bulls at the United Center. Bartman has been vilified by Cubs Nation ever since he interfered with a foul ball during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, allegedly costing the Cubs a chance to advance to the World Series.
Asked what prompted him to wear a Bartman jersey, Kaminsky said, “It was a bet; but I’m not going to get too far into it. I went to a Cubs game at Wrigley and, I’m not going to name names, but somebody had the jerseys made and bet me the next day that I wouldn’t wear it to the game. But I did.’’
Kaminsky said “It all stems from my friend group; I still have the same friend group from high school and everybody didn’t care about the Cubs when they were bad and now that they’re really good, everybody acts like they’ve been the biggest Cubs fans all along.
“It kind of annoys me. When I get annoyed, I start to do things that irritate them. That’s the whole, I guess, point of me doing what I did was to irritate my friends.
“I didn’t do it to piss off Cubs Nation; I did it to piss off my friends. Take it how you want.’’
Kaminsky said he never expected the fallout to wearing the Bartman jersey.
“No, I never expected that. Not even slightly,’’ Kaminsky said. “It’s all in good fun. Their team is having the time of their life right now. I’m just praying they don’t win.’’