Boston Red Sox 4, Chicago White Sox 1

No, that's not the real score; the two teams weren't playing. That's the relative amount of space that the Chicago Tribune gave to each team in its Sunday print sports section.

A story and pictures about what the Boston Red Sox can teach the Chicago Cubs took up two full soxpages (called a double truck in the business)  while a story and pictures about the Chicago White Sox winning their sixth straight and gaining sole possession of first place in the American League Central got a half page, tucked away behind the Cubs, Boston Red Sox and Bears news. And that comparison doesn't even include the space given to the actual playing of the Cubs and Red Sox game.

Now, I know that it was an unusually busy day for sports news what with the Bears draft, the future of the Chicago Bulls and the what we're supposed to believe is the renewal of a historic and classic rivalry between the Cubs and the Red Sox (forgetting about the more classic rivalry of the Cubs and Sox in the same town). Stories must be assigned and layouts planned ahead of time. Having been in the newspaper racket for some time, I know the difficulties first hand.

Still, can't one argue that the playing and the results of an actual game should be more get more intention than speculations about the future off-season sports teams? Especially when a team actually playing in a game is wildly surpassing its "expectations." The White Sox were supposed to be schlock, in a rebuilding year in which they're not expected to do much if anything.

But, here's something to chew on: As of today, the White Sox have a better record than the Cubs.

Not that that it will last. But as far as story lines go, what the White Sox are doing is a better one actual story than all the speculation about what the others teams will do. In other words, the collective "expectations" of fans, pundits, etc., as opposed to the real action on the field.

Consider: The White Sox have the best ERA (2.96) in the Major Leagues. The bullpen's 1.83 ERA is also the Major League best. The Sox have an American League batting leader in Avisail Garcia.  The team's offense is finally coming to life. 

Hey, I leaned my lesson last year when I wrote about the delicious possibility of the Cubs and White Sox meeting in the World Series, after the Sox got off to a great start--an then took a classic nose dive. The Sox could do so just as easily this season. But that's just the same kind off speculation that smothered the White Sox in the Sunday newspaper coverage. The here and now is what ought to count counts in the telling of the news.

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