Tectonic Plates Moving on Madison Street

Chicago, the most ebulliently American of our big cities, is seeing a great reversal of fortune in baseball, the American national pastime. The White Sox, scandalized as the "Black Sox" almost a century ago, the team of the downscale Southside, has emerged from the doghouse and won a World Championship, and is now proving they were not just a one year sensation. The Cubs, with their upscale Northside locale and quaint Wrigley Field, no longer have a secure hold on the hearts of Chicago baseball fans.

It is the 10th year of inter—league play in baseball, and in Chicago when the Sox and Cubs meet in a 'crosstown classic' fan interest is intense. If this had been a boxing match at US Cellular Field this weekend, the fight would have been stopped Friday and Saturday, and the Cubs gone by TKO short of 9 innings on both days. On Sunday, the Cubs salvaged the finale of the 3 game series with a late comeback, scoring more runs than they have in all but one game in the last month.