by Mark Silva
That baseball that they play on the North Side of Chicago, that's not "serious'' baseball - at least not the way Barack Obama sees it.
Obama, a Southsider, was asked by ESPN's Stuart Scott what would happen if both the Cubs and the White Sox made it to the World Series.
"I would be going,'' Obama said.
"Who would you root for?'' Scott asked.
"Oh, that's easy,'' Obama replied. "White Sox.
"I'm not one of these fair weather fans,'' the junior senator from Illinois and presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party explained. "You go to Wrigley Field, you have a beer, beautiful people up there. People aren't watching the game. It's not serious. White Sox, that's baseball. Southside."
(Photo of Obama throwing the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the American League Championship Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Angels in Chicago, Oct. 12, 2005, by Ann Heisenfelt / AP)