As a teenager growing up in Oak Park, I'd often have to endure countless imitations from my friends doing my father's unique strike call as a baseball umpire, which in actuality sounds nothing like someone saying "strike."
Justin Olson allowed one run on a solo homer in two innings of relief last week. He is leading his team, Double-A New Britain of the Eastern League, in innings pitched (72 2/3), wins (six), and strikeouts (63).
This past season, Trinity High School shared the Triton College softball field and used it as their home field. It was not just a matter of careful scheduling of games; it was a community college and a local high school joining together with the goal to create a first class softball field for their athletes.
Some make it, some don't. After a couple of hours clicking about the internet a few days ago, I located 11 baseball players born in Oak Park who played professional baseball at the highest level. Some of these ballplayers had memorable careers in the Bigs, others lasted no more than a single at bat. Nonetheless, getting there must have been euphoric. Here's an unofficial breakdown of those born in Oak Park who made it to the Show:
What the heck am I doing on the sports page? I am supposed to be that columnist in the Viewpoints section who rants about all the goofy goings-on in Oak Park. I am supposed to complain loudly when public money is misspent or a Village trustee displays a character flaw of Napoleonic proportions.
The Padres R-Ballers capped a perfect (16-0) season Sunday with a gritty 10-8 victory over the third-seeded Cubs in 94-degree heat at Hatch. The Cubs took the early lead, keyed by Robert McCaffrey-Boss's three-run triple in the third.
Sunday in the park. The soccer field at Priory Park in River Forest to be exact. My son and I were there for the end-of-season parent/kid game of our American Youth Soccer Organization co-ed sixth grade team. The problem was that not enough parents showed up to take on the kids. So we had to recruit some ringers.