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Wsoxmike59
05-14-2005, 09:03 AM
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Just a sad baseball town
Michael Lyon

May 14, 2005

LAKE FOREST -- This letter is in response to Melissa Nowak's "Other Views" comments in last Saturday's Tribune, which will undoubtedly give White Sox fans much ammunition for many arguments to come.

Not trying to be unfair or paint with a broad brush here, but if Cubs fans would rather spend their summers drinking with their buddies under the bleachers than have their team own baseball's best record, that truly is a sad commentary.

Hey, don't get me wrong: I love inept closers, questionable managing, starting pitching that can't stay healthy and concrete chunks falling on my head as much as the next guy. But it should be about the quality of the person, not where he or she resides. Likewise, it's the quality of the team, not the ballpark.

Assuming the hot start by the Sox holds up, they will have a better record than the Cubs in 18 of the last 26 seasons dating to 1980, which pretty much coincides with both clubs' current ownership (In fact, the Cubs trail the Brewers 14-11 through 2004). So I have just one question: If the Sox are the ones struggling for attendance, then how smart a baseball city is Chicago? In the range of frying pan-type smart, I would say.

Wsoxmike59
05-14-2005, 09:06 AM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chi-0505140174may14,1,4558679,print.story?coll=chi-sportsnew-hed


Dear Cubs: The problem is you

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May 14, 2005

ELMHURST -- My love for the Cubs goes back to the days when Hank Sauer was the Mayor of Wrigley Field. It seems that in all that time, the only thing the Cubs lead the league in is excuses: goats, wind blowing in, cheap owners, Bartman, day baseball, Wrigley Field, black cats, wind blowing out, etc. Last year, when the Cubs collapsed in the last two weeks of the season, it was a boombox. And this year it's the old reliable: injuries.

It's time for Cubs players to look in the mirror to see what the problem is.