Daniel I. Dorfman
These past few years on fall Saturday afternoons, I’ve found myself watching Ohio State football knowing the athletes in Columbus, Ohio represented the best college had to offer.
I have no idea what it would be like to have $60 million and I doubt I ever will. But I couldn’t help but think of that figure on Sunday while watching the local baseball teams.
There is a reason we love sports. The drama, the athleticism, the unpredictability. But every so often we get a chance to watch a truly loathsome team lose a game they never should have and no matter the victor, we all enjoy the spoils.
All pitchers struggle at times. Even the great ones. With the train wreck of a season John Danks is having with his 0-8 start, what are the options out there for him to get back on track?
One of the really dangerous things to do is declare a baseball season over on Memorial Day.
Chicago, like any city, has seen its share of free agent disasters through the years. Bryan Cox, Eddie Robinson, Danny Jackson all come to mind. But how often do you get to see on one night two acquisitions that as of now look like colossal screwups?
There is something unseemly, maybe even Scrooge-like, when what seems like a very nice gesture is met with the question “what is the ulterior motive?” But when Barry Bonds or anyone else with a bad PR image is involved, that’s what happens.
Imagine being one of the best in your craft and getting a new job that will allow you to show off your skills to a huge audience. But before your first day, there is no job to go to and you are not sure when that position will be active again.
Tonight we start what is now the annual ritual of baseball known as interleague play. At this point the feeling about these games is roughly the same as going to the annual family outing with relatives who are not particularly liked.
On Monday, Chicago will have its first new mayor in 22 years. The highlight of the day will likely be Rahm Emanuel’s speech that he will give shortly after being sworn in. I doubt he will make this address, but it would be fun if he did.
Last weekend I was out of town visiting some friends and I was wrapping up the trip and saying goodbye, I gave a couple of my buddies a hug. Good thing we are not in Major League Baseball or this might have turned out to be a big deal.
Northwestern made the right move on Tuesday by extending Pat Fitzgerald’s contract through 2020. Now they have to follow up and get Fitzgerald, as well as the rest of Wildcat athletics, better facilites.
Seemingly every year there is a discussion about an athlete who stayed around one year too long. Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. and Brett Favre are examples that come to mind.
Some in the sports world and beyond have been in a furor this week because of Rashard Mendenhall’s tweets about the death of Osama bin Laden and his accompanying questioning of what actually happened on September 11, 2001.
Every so often all sides can claim to be right on an issue and there is evidence to support each claim. Then we have situations where everyone goes out of their way to look ridiculous.
There were many questions heading into latest version of the biggest day in Chicago sports.
Don Dillard is 93 years old. He played parts of six seasons in Major League Baseball with the Indians and Braves. Yesterday he got some good news, he will receive an annual payment of up to $10,000 for his time in baseball
On April 18, 1991, the White Sox were coming off a successful 6-1 road trip to start the season. Moreover, they were just a few months removed from a 94 win campaign when they challenged Oakland for the AL West crown.
Twenty years ago today President George W. Bush was basking in high approval ratings following the first Gulf War, Cheers was the popular TV show in the land, and a new era started for the Chicago White Sox.
Common sense and baseball sometimes can be contradictory phrase. But once in a while, the sport manages to get something right, or at least correct a longstanding wrong.