Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending my first White Sox spring training game (the experience was greatly enhanced by the fact that the Sox shut out the Mariners 5-0). Here are my observations on how spring training is different from South Side baseball:
The little boy is waiting outside the court house for his hero, the big league baseball player. The player emerges. Tears in his eyes, the boy approaches the man. "Say it ain't so, Joe," the kid pleads.
The Cleveland Indians have acquired outfielder Kosuke Fukudome from the Chicago Cubs to help their sagging offense. The Indians dealt Triple-A right-hander Carlton Smith and Class-A outfielder Abner Abreu for Fukudome on Thursday, a day after being no-hit by the Angels Ervin
Cubs history is filled with many bittersweet events. Last week marked the 40th anniversary of another of them. This one is purely personal.When I was growing up on the Northwest Side in the late '50s, we were all White Sox fans. The Sox had Nellie Fox and Billy Pierce, Little Louie and Jungle Jim.
Although there will only be one Chicago Cub on the All-Star roster this year, the Cubs had more impressive showings in the past. For a while, there was one player who practically had a permanent spot: Ernie Banks, "Mr.