To the editors:
It is much easier to be sympathetic to something tangible, like the 80 families who would be displaced by the proposed new White Sox stadium, than it is to give respect to something as abstract as love and loyalty for a professional baseball team. In your April 22 issue, Ben Joravsky took the easy way.
If the stadium project gets done, as it should, the families that will move, representing perhaps 250 persons, will be compensated. Their lives will also endure some disruption. If the project does not get done, two million or more people will have lost something they find rewarding, interesting and necessary. With no quid pro quo. I would not equate having to move with having an athletic affection shattered, but when the numbers of people affected are compared, the equities move to the White Sox fans.
Doubtless, if the Cubs were threatening to go to Florida, the whining of yuppies would drown out the demolishing of the loop to keep them here. This is my lone whine on behalf of Chicago’s real baseball team.
Ben Joravsky replies:
Thank you for writing, but frankly, you missed the point. Like you, I believe tradition should be upheld. That means the White Sox should stop whining about a new stadium and stay in the one they have–the grand old Comiskey Park. On top of that, I think you underestimate the hardship of being kicked out of one’s home.