Chicago, Ill., hello!
North Side, South Side. Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox. Sometimes, they meet. And it ain't pretty when they do. That allegedly was the case over the weekend, the Chicago Tribune and others have reported, when:
A parolee shot another man in the back across the street from Wrigley Field when the man tried to interfere with a robbery, authorities say.
The best/worst detail: The alleged perpetrator has a White Sox tattoo on the side of his face. And his last name isn't even Ligue. Instead, 26-year-old Marcus E. Harris of the South Side (pictured above) has been charged with aggravated battery, obstructing identification and attempted armed robbery. Again from the Tribune:
Appearing in court today — his face tattooed with a White Sox logo, a tear and other designs — a judge set bail at $900,000. He snickered at deputies as he was led away.
White Sox fans. Defiant to the last.
They say there's no such thing as bad publicity, but there's a contrary position to that.
Like when that bearded man robbed a St. Louis-area bank in 2012 and shouted "Go Cards!" as if that made everything OK. Is that really what owner Bill DeWitt Jr. wanted to hear? Even coming off a World Series? Crime-Committing Fan Syndrome goes back to the worst fears of these radio guys I used to listen to, Steve Dahl and Garry Meier. Above all else, they braced themselves for the time(s) when someone would be arrested on TV wearing a Steve & Garry T-shirt.
The White Sox have played second fiddle to the Cubs in Chicago for a long time, but this isn't the kind of pub owner Jerry Reinsdorf needs to make his club No. 1:
Harris, the victim and another man were outside a club on Clark Street in Wrigleyville around 3:20 a.m. Sunday when Harris went up to the victim and said, “What’s up, I know you got some bread.”
"What's up, I know you got some bread?" Is it 1972? (If so, good year in White Sox history. That's Dick Allen's first season at Comiskey Park.)
The 25-year-old victim told police he was walking down the street a short time later and saw Harris try to rob the third man. The victim yelled to Harris, “What are you doing?” according to Assistant State’s Atty. Lorraine Scaduto.
Harris replied, “Mind your own business” and fired at the victim, hitting him in the back
Stone-cold psycho, it sounds like. And not Steve "Psycho" Lyons, former Sox utility man.
A Sox tat on the side of the face is much worse than a T-shirt, of course. It's one of the coolest, most-recognizable logos in sports — the key part for potential criminals being "most-recognizable." This Harris guy might not be the brightest bulb in the sock drawer. For example, Harris is on parole for a felony conviction of making "hundreds" of false reports to 911, Scaduto said. Hundreds!
And it's bad enough to shoot someone in any part of town, but do it in your own hood, you know? Keep that stuff at 14th and Canal Street, if that's where you live (like Harris). Wrigleyville has enough building-peeing hooligans (and much, much worse) already. And it's much too early in the season for Cubs-Sox interleague hijinks.
Next up for Harris, unless his lawyer is the best/worst: MLB trivia night at the big house. Do you think he misses A.J. Pierzynski?