They've been playing baseball over a week now, surely time enough for some unprovable generalizations about the season to come.
First, the Yankees are in first place in the American League East. Once upon a time you could have written that this early about any year with confidence. Only that time is now gone. Its great names--Ruth, DiMaggio, Mantle--are history. Only Derek Jeter remains a star, and he's said this is his final year.
The Mets, New York's "other" team since the wonderful Brooklyn Dodgers slid into history, is in the middle of the pack. In truth, of course, it's too early to know anything. Well, except for one thing.
The Chicago Cubs--hopelss, hapless, helpless as I like to call them--were at the bottom of their division last year. I just know they'll hold on to that, don't you? Some things you can just count on year after year.