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I-70 Series trophy for the Royals-Cardinals winner? Danny Duffy says no thanks

The Chicago Cubs posed with the Crosstown Cup after the a 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox last month.
The Chicago Cubs posed with the Crosstown Cup after the a 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox last month. The Associated Press

Did you know that in Chicago, the winner of the annual Cubs and White Sox interleague series gets the Crosstown Cup?

You’re not alone if you answered no. Some players were unaware that piece of hardware exists. But it’s not the only interleague series in baseball that has a trophy.

The “Lone Star Series” between the Astros and Rangers features a Silver Boot that goes to the victor, along with a big check to charity.

Now the “Battle of the Bay” between the Giants and A’s is going to add a trophy made from steel from the old Bay Bridge, according to Brodie Brazil of NBC Sports Bay Area.

The Bay Bridge connects San Francisco and Oakland.

So how about an I-70 Series trophy?*

*Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: The Royals already have the original trophy given to the winner of the first I-70 Series: the 1985 World Series

Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield was indifferent about the idea.

“Um, sure,” said Merrifield, who was born in South Carolina. “I’m not from the Midwest. But trophies are cool.”

Left-hander Danny Duffy, on the other hand, has a definite opinion.

“I don’t think that would be a good idea,” Duffy said sternly. “It’s just another game. I wouldn’t feel any sort of victory, any more than beating, say, Chicago. It doesn’t have anything to do with anything.”

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