| Jul 17, 2013
Let's appreciate the rhythms of the baseball season, and the places where we watch the game being played.
There are only 30 major league ballparks, and they’re all magical places. They’re the best when they’re either packed for a big...
| Jul 10, 2013
News briefs from Hinsdale, Lombard Oak Brook and Villa Park.
Cityscapes in watercolor
The Hinsdale Public Library is hosting an exhibit "Expressions in Color" of cityscapes, landscapes, vistas and portraits in watercolors through Aug. 31 at...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 5:06 PM
When Josh Phegley boarded a plane with his Triple-A Charlotte teammates headed to Atlanta to play Gwinnett, it was a trip that was supposed to last two days, not the rest of his life.
"We were on a two-day trip in Atlanta so I took two T-shirts and that...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 6:59 PM
Signs of life.
That's what you are searching for when you come to Chicago ballparks in 2013, and some days you just go home shaking your head.
The players do that too, by the way. They're carrying the weight of this awful season, one in which the...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 9:41 AM
Like the outfield ivy, rooftop boxes and the Harry Caray statue, Old Style is for many people a quintessential sight at a Cubs game.
The iconic blue, red and white cans may be just a memory next season, though, under a recent deal inked between the Cubs...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 5:39 PM
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but to hear White Sox starting pitcher Andre Rienzo tell it, the diamond at U.S. Cellular Field is his.
"Man, the first day I come here, I get out and just look around for five minutes," he said. "For me, all this...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 1:56 PM
The artists who created the newest sculpture on the William J. Donovan Bridge in Batavia spent more than a year trying to perfect every detail.
They traveled to Wisconsin to meet with Potawatomi Indian historians, interviewed local windmill experts...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 1:29 PM
I don't own a crystal ball, but I sometimes pretend I do for professional reasons. This is one of those times, if you will indulge me.
Based on the latest vibrations coming my direction, I expect to see the Twins call a news conference sometime in the...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 2:37 PM
Waking up a monster?
No, that's not what happened when Ryan Dempster drilled Alex Rodriguez on Sunday Night Baseball. The Yankees were wide awake by then, thanks to a player that ownership forced on general manager Brian Cashman.
Cashman said he would...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 9:11 PM
Josh Phegley got the Gatorade bath. The happy beating from his teammates. And a special something Gordon Beckham had learned from A.J. Pierzynski.
Which was fitting, because the former Sox catcher was behind the plate when Sox rookie catcher Phegley...
| Aug 22, 2013
Mesmerized by their memories, Ken Williams looked in awe at the distinguished company he kept on a stage inside the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. — the former Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968....