A toast to the team

September 24, 2008

This will go over well:

Mayor Richard Daley said today the city will ask bars near Chicago’s baseball stadiums to voluntarily cut off alcohol sales after the seventh inning of home games where the Cubs or White Sox could clinch a playoff series.

While other city officials cautioned that they had yet to discuss the plan with bar owners, the mayor said it was a no-brainer.

“What we’re asking is common sense. You can drink as much beer for seven innings as you want,” Daley said. “Give me a break. This is common sense, that’s all it is. We’re asking for the cooperation of everyone.”

Common sense when talking about sports and alcohol? I lived in Michigan City for eight years and, as a result, have followed Chicago sports for about 30 years. The seventh inning — or the fourth quarter, as the case may be — is exactly the time when you need a good, stiff drink. Remember — Cubs are just little Bears. Next year! Oh, wait, they’re winning! Go, team! No, they’ll blow it. Maybe not. I don’t know. Where’s my drink?

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