For the last couple of weeks, peddlers have set up shop just outside Chicago’s Union Station to sell White Sox paraphernalia. Once the Sox were in the Series, I noticed an interesting phenomenon.
Hats were selling for $10.00 after game two of the series. After game three, they were down to $5.00. After game 4 (the final game, thereby halving the Windy City’s exposure to the terrorist threat), they were up to $20.00.
The jump to twenty bucks I understand, but what surprised me was the precipitous drop from $10.00 to $5.00 earlier in the week. Does this mean that the vendor expected a Sox loss, and the subsequent decline in the desirability of his merch? That’s a mighty dismal view, for a guy whose team was up two games to none at the time.