Red Sox fans like me are inured to disappointment. You can look it up. We know too that our idols are also commodities. Indeed, for us, the evil nexus of money and sports began in Boston in 1919, when the Sox owner sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees to raise the funds to produce No, No, Nanette on Broadway.

Given this history, Bill Clinton's failure to revive baseball, which may have surprised some, didn't surprise us. Clinton's only real weapon, moral suasion, has never trumped greed--and greed is what this whole sorry mess is all about. ``It's just a few hundred...

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