The Chicago Way

Say it ain’t so!  Chicagoans are hard bitten and cynical to graft, bribery, and corruption, in a town known for graft, bribery, and corruption.  The most corrupt city in America.  We are used to politicians and city workers taking kachingo$ for services, expediting permits or zoning, overlooking things, or, well, just taking money because taking money and kickbacks is the Chicago Way. 

We are amused by alderman and administrative appointees being indicted and imprisoned.  We are inured to cozy relationships between our politicians and the mob, dope dealers, gangbangers, and other low life sundry criminals.  Actually, nothing would surprise us in this city of conspicuous corruption.

Except, baseball.  Three former Chicago White Sox scouts have been indicted for pocketing kickbacks in a scheme to defraud the Sox and talent destined for the minor leagues.

 Sox talent scout Doug Wilder and two former Latin American scouts were indicted for fraud.  They allegedly took about $400,000 in signing bonuses from recruits in a kickback scheme.  In the Dominican Republic.  The scheme was complicated and sophisticated- this was no grubby alderman taking chump change for a building permit. 

Wilder et. al. would report signing a player for a specified amount- say $600,000.  Many times the amounts of the signing bonuses were inflated to cover the kickbacks.  They would then skim up to one third off the top for themselves.  The players would disappear into the minors, most, if not all, never heard from again. Part of the scam relied on over inflating the talent of the players.

The White Sox are seeing red.  The U.S. Attorney and F.B.I. are seeing convictions.  MLB has egg on its face- again.  Looks like even baseball is not safe from corruption and scandal in Chicago. 

But, where are the Sox located?  Bridgeport.  That tiny tin pot nation within the city that epitomizes corruption in Chicago. 

Ozzie Guillen was located for a comment.  Unfortunately, no one was able to understand what he said.

Source: Chicago Sun Times


About Peter V. Bella

Peter V. Bella is a passionate cook and photographer. Mr. Bella started cooking as a child with his parents. He has taken professional courses through the years. Mr. Bella a a freelance photojournalist and writer based in Chicago.
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