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The Christmas Eve Moon

The Christmas Eve Moon
I think of this room. This room is the third level of a barn-faced 100-year-old home in Elmwood Park, Illinois; just outside the Chicago city limits. I think of this room, and the door to the nursery on the east side of the house. I think of this room, and the sightlines through the opening... Read more »

My Home Run Derby in the Summer of 1988

My Home Run Derby in the Summer of 1988
(This is another chapter in a set of stories about my history with the game of baseball) In the summer of 1988 I did not play baseball. I was eight years old, the youngest of four kids, and hopelessly in love with a game that would not love me back. My father worked nights at... Read more »

Backyards and Batting Practice: Baseball and Me in 1988

Backyards and Batting Practice: Baseball and Me in 1988
In the spring of 1988, I was finishing second grade with the knowledge that this ‘school thing’ was going to get worse. I can’t pinpoint this moment of epiphany, but I was positive that a slide was coming. More importantly, that it was not going to get easier until school was finished for good. In... Read more »
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1987 and My First Year of Organized Baseball

The Vernon Hills Park District used to give out nondescript colored shirts for baseball teams. The colors selected would be based on that team’s name; red for Cardinals, blue for Tigers…you get it. No fancy official logos were present in these 1987 uniforms, the year of my organized baseball introduction. Each shirt had a large... Read more »

The First Baseball Memory

Sometime in 1985, in some backyard of some small ranch home in Vernon Hills, Illinois, some small kid, surrounded by some five to six adults, went through the American ritual of his first batting practice. The bat was wooden. This I can remember. I believe it to be a souvenir of the local hardware store’s... Read more »

My Son the Ballplayer

With new pants, a new jersey, and the awkward education of running while wearing an athletic supporter…baseball season arrived for my seven-year-old son. 30 years after my first baseball game, Jack took the field in a non-descript suburban Chicago baseball ‘park’. Playgrounds surround the fields, like many baseball fields in the area; each of the... Read more »
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Ashes to Ashes; David Bowie (1947-2016)

Ashes to Ashes; David Bowie (1947-2016)
(The following is a non-sports attachment to this blog; we’ll re-start shortly) The connection is too deep for me. I’m unable to scrape thoughts onto a forum like Facebook; doing so would reveal too much. David Bowie knew me too well without ever meeting me. He understood madness, the come-down from madness, and the complexities... Read more »

Why the Bears Should Not Tank, Why This Mess is Butler's to Thank, and Why You Can Take the Blackhawks NOT Winning the Stanley Cup to the Bank

Why the Bears Should Not Tank, Why This Mess is Butler's to Thank, and Why You Can Take the Blackhawks NOT Winning the Stanley Cup to the Bank
Thoughts for the Week of December 27th CHICAGO BEARS The Bears played a smart, efficient game while defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-21 on Sunday. Jay Cutler played the way he has most of the season; finding quick reads, moving around in the pocket, and not throwing the ball to fat guys too often (sans... Read more »

Where The White Sox Things Are

Where The White Sox Things Are
Last season’s winter meetings headlines were hijacked by an unlikely source. The Chicago White Sox, an American League franchise found in a nine-year deep post-championship malaise, needed a spark. General manager Rick Hahn engineered a couple of loud signings: 1) Jeff Samardzija came from Oakland to fill out a 1-2 starting punch with Chris Sale... Read more »
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Prioritizing the Chicago Bears Draft Needs in 2016

Prioritizing the Chicago Bears Draft Needs in 2016
Sunday’s 26-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers was a rude awakening for many Bears fans. A weak NFC playoff picture combined with the Bears performance in Green Bay provided excitement for followers of the team.  However, a string of misplays, unfortunate special teams play, and horrendous game management led to a sobering loss to... Read more »