Thursday, June 24, 2010
About Last Night
When you are playing well, you want to get the game in. No matter when the first pitch is thrown.
While the rest of Chicago was diving for the basement, sitting in their cars on the Ike hoping they didn’t float away or staying away from high-rise windows, Roger Bossard stood steadfast: there will be baseball.
Despite buckets of rain, too many lightening bolts to count and that rare downtown funnel cloud (or two), Roger was convinced that all would be OK. But there were a few moments of doubt.
“Check out the radar in my office,” he told me at one point, “you’ll see colors you’ve never seen before.”
He was right.
“It’s going to take a little longer to get the field ready,” he explained about 8 p.m. “I have water in places on the field we’ve never had water before.”
Roger deserves part of last night’s victory.
Changes everything, doesn’t it? Ozzie said last night that earlier this year, when the team was struggling, he used to dread coming to the ballpark. Now, he can’t wait.
After tomorrow night’s game, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee are attending a fund-raising reception for the first ever baseball league in Africa, scheduled to begin play in Cameroon this November.
The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (2233 S. Martin Luther King Drive) and tickets cost $100. In addition to meeting Guillen and Lee, fans will receive special gift bags at the door, and there will be baseball memorabilia available for auction. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stop by the Hyatt after tomorrow’s game.