Chicago Baseball 2003 Consumer Confidence Index | Chicago Baseball 2003 Consumer Confidence Index | Chicago Reader

News & Politics » Chicago Baseball 2003 Consumer Confidence Index

Chicago Baseball 2003 Consumer Confidence Index

A Scientific Compilation of Fan Sentiment, Plotting Hope Against Time


Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe


Updated September 16

In the wake of disasters large and small, teams of psychologists rush in to counsel the grieving. Let's hope we won't need it, but in the interest of helping fans and their loved ones recognize the complex stages of bereavement, we've posted the "Five Stages of Grief" from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's seminal work on the subject, On Death and Dying, at appropriate intervals on this week's Consumer Confidence Index. As Dr. Ross has said, "You will not grow if you sit in a beautiful flower garden, but you will grow if you are sick, if you are in pain, if you experience losses, and if you do not put your head in the sand, but take the pain as a gift to you."

The White Line. OK, the Sox are in a pennant race and they're coming home to play six games against the Royals and Yankees with the entire season on the line, so let's go over this one more time. FROM NORTHWEST SUBURBS: Take I-90 toward Chicago. Merge onto I-90/94 east and follow for about 17 miles to the Dan Ryan Expressway, taking the local lanes. Proceed to 35th Street exit and follow signs to "Sox Parking." FROM SOUTHWEST SUBURBS: Take I-55 north toward Chicago. Take the I-94 east/Ryan Expressway exit 294 toward Indiana. Merge onto I-94 east, local lanes. FROM THE WESTERN SUBURBS: Take 290 east to 94 south using local lanes.

The Black Line. Cubs fans take comfort that Chicago doesn't play a team with a winning record for the rest of the season, while Houston and Saint Louis go at it again this weekend (and the 'Stros have another three starts against Barry Bonds and the Giants). At this late date, however, when every game is critical, north-siders are haunted by the possibility that their hopes of winning a tight division race were sunk Sunday by the ninth-inning headache that felled home-plate umpire Steve Rippley (believe it or not), delaying a tie ball game for almost 15 minutes. When play resumed, the previously unhittable Carlos Zambrano lost his bead on home plate and the Reds won 1-0. Not cause for panic yet, but you don't have to be a Cubs fan to know it's exactly the kind of thing that would happen to them.

Add a comment