OSWEGO – Oswego Police Department Twitter and Facebook posts Wednesday, June 19, re-awakened the long-standing regional Chicago Cubs vs. White Sox debate and garnered a lot of social media response.
The Facebook and Twitter posts written by Officer No. 42, or Oswego Police Sgt. Brian Nehring, said that police responded to a 911 hang-up call where there was screaming in the background. It turned out that the screaming was in response to a White Sox home run that pulled them ahead of the Cubs during the game yesterday, the post alleged.
"Calm down Sox fans, it was one win," the posts said. "Go Cubs!"
The posts prompted hundreds of reactions between the two social media platforms, with commenters declaring their allegiance to one team or another.
Brandon Gilbert of Oswego said in a Wednesday, June 19 email that he was actually at the house that Oswego police stopped by. He said his friend's phone accidentally called 911 because it was in the cup holder of a couch and the power and lower volume button were pushed at the same time on his friend's iPhone.
Gilbert said the police were nice enough to realize they were indeed celebratory screams in the background of that accidental call as they watched the Tuesday, June 18 White Sox vs. Cubs game.
"The tweet was a funny thing to see," Gilbert said in the email. "We appreciate the joke but the Sox won, so we were happy."
Cathy Nevara, public information officer for Oswego Police Department, confirmed that the call actually happened. She said she, as a Sox fan, thought it was hilarious when she first saw the post and even tried to think of something to retort with.
All jokes aside, Nevara said, the department tries to do a little more public engagement on social media from time to time, aside from the usual straight-up police report or public service announcement-type of posts all of the time.
“Something like this is just a great way to get some of that back and forth, which is fun,” Nevara said.
The joke White Sox vs. Cubs post came after Oswego police responded to a shots fired call on Wingate Drive, along with arresting three suspects related to the incident, and located a teenager who was reported missing or a runaway.
• The original post has been updated to include Gilbert's comments and Oswego police's additional comments that confirm the call actually happened and the post wasn't just a joke.