CHICAGO WOES RELIEVED BY BASEBALL

May 2016  The windy city has been going through some hard times. The Mayor is terribly unpopular, a youth has been shot to death by a law enforcement officer who shot him 16 times with grand jury impunity, the school budget is inadequate and the teachers are threatening strike, while health care falls short for many and the South side has a shrinking tax base. But Joe Madden and Theo Epstein are the architects of a Cubs team that has won 22 of its first 29 games and the Sox are dominating the American League. There is joy among baseball fans and that is something seldom caused by winning local teams. The gods of politics and education and community order and prosperity are either gone or at war. But baseball is the game of discontented summers.

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