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Cubs bidder admits he is (horrors!) a White Sox fan


wrigley1John Canning Jr, who came up short last year in his bid for the storied Chicago Cubs baseball team, made a shocking admission on Tuesday.

The chairman of Chicago private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners, speaking about his industry at a breakfast meeting, said he roots for the cross-town rival White Sox.

“The only thing that I was able to come out of the closet on was I’m actually a White Sox fan. God, what a relief not to buy the Cubs,” he said as the audience of several hundred local executives laughed.

In a town where Cubs and White Sox fans mock each other as not true baseball fans, such a statement could be viewed as blasphemy.