It is one of the stanchions upon which sports
criticism is built: when a team is going poorly, blame
the best player regardless of how much that player has
been contributing. That has certainly been the case
with Sammy Sosa of the Cubs. Mike Kiley of the Chicago
Sun-Times contemplates the team without their star.
Kiley's colleague Greg Couch continues to pursue the
story of certain, uh -- how do I put this without being
slanderous? -- irregularities in the ticket-selling
process at Wrigley Field. Baseball is in a strange
place right now. While some teams play host to acres
of empty seats, the Cubs are in the enviable position
of being able to -- and here, again, I don't wish to
use the word "scalp" -- make upward adjustments on the
fly to their tickets without vengeance-minded
townsfolk showing up with pitchforks and torches.
Art Howe and Edgardo Alfonzo switched locales this
past off-season with Howe moving from the Bay Area to
the Mets and Alfonzo going in the opposite direction
to the Giants. So, how are the manager and third
baseman faring in their new digs? Arthur Staple of
Newsday takes a look.
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