Sox's rebound leaves Cubs in their wake

CHICAGO -- A month ago, baseball was teetering on the brink of irrelevancy in this city. It's not an unfamiliar brink.

As the Blackhawks made their way to Philadelphia for the second time during the second week of June, just before they clinched the Stanley Cup on enemy ice, the city's losing baseball teams were getting ready for a matchup that would decide provincial bragging rights delightfully presented by the most hated corporation on Earth.

"Maybe they're going to pick who's the worst team in town, not the best one," Ozzie Guillen joked on June 8 in his office.

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