Cubs fans, unite.
Unite in disgust and horror.
Unite in rooting for Angels.
And stop the Welfare Sox of Illinois from sucking away our spirit.
Eric Zorn had it right in his column (here), when he ruthlessly manipulated our nationalistic sentiments as effectively as Milosevic. He picked out the worst monsters on the South Side -- those that gave out free beers for every Marlins home run during the NLCS -- and made us believe that they personify the White Sox franchise.
Well, Crain's did a better job than Zorn at personifying the Welfare Sox. It is owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who will (along with the rest of the owners) make between $5 and $20 million more for the playoff run.
And how much with the State of Illinois make for each sold-out game at Comiskey Park -- I mean, U.S. Cellular Field (naming rights sold for the pittance of $15,000 per month which is about the cost of an expensive billboard on the Dan Ryan)?
Yes, the people of Illinois not only built a new stadium for the Welfare Sox of Illinois, not only continue to subsidize the White Sox with a $5,000,000 direct appropriation (page 16, as I read the budget of the Illinois Sports Facility Authority here), we've also been a terribly generous landlord.
We've decided not to charge them any rent for the playoffs!
Go on, Jerry Reinsdorf! Use our stadium! Have fun! Make millions!
Meanwhile, we'll tear down public housing across the street because 'the state doesn't have any money.' And the Red Line on the El? Well, fares are going up, because 'the state doesn't have any money' for public transit this year. But for you guys? Go on: no charge. We'll just keep the hotel tax high -- among the highest in the country -- and wonder why we lose some convention business. Anything to keep the Welfare Sox happy.
Suck away on the public teat, Jerry Reinsdorf and the Welfare Sox owners. Suck away.
And Cubs fans? Be full of disdain and disgust for culture of dependency that infects the Welfare Sox.
But don't blame the fans. They were born with their attachment to a club with parasitic owners. Don't blame them. Just pity them.
Especially when their team loses.
But actually, I hope the Welfare Sox win. So that we -- their landlord -- can raise their rent.