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The Royals won a series at US Cellular Field for the first time since 2003.  Chicago is such a great city, ESPECIALLY in the summer.  My theory is the city would be much, much larger if they didn’t have their harsh winters to scare some people away.  Some of the things that got my attention on a walk through “The City of the Big Shoulders.”






A statue of Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Brickhouse, who at one time broadcast for both the Cubs and the White Sox…in those days he only broadcast home games, for both. 






On the plaque it notes he “broadcasted” for the Cubs, which neither Bob Davis nor I believe is proper English, but it makes for a nice conversation starter.  Nice that he’s honored this way, in front of the Tribune Building, home of WGN TV and radio, as well as the Tribune newspaper.







Not much else to say, a terrible disease.  Hopefully we can find a way to wipe it out ASAP.River.jpg 


The Chicago River.  Lots of tour boats full of sightseers on a summer Saturday.  On St. Patrick’s Day, it turns green! (and so do many of the locals…)Wedding In Chicago.jpg 




What, I wasn’t invited?  It started raining right after this picture was taken, but a beautiful setting.Harvey Drive.jpg 



A legendary broadcasting market, and among the legends, the ageless Paul Harvey.  Good DAY!!




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In one of the display windows on the first floor of the Tribune Building, the vintage Tribune headline trumpets the first Moon Landing which just happened to be 39 years ago, July 20, 1969.  Wish I were old enough to really remember it.  No I don’t, because that would make me even older than I am….. 


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This is a piece of the Moon.  We take it for granted now, but with relatively primitive technology (by today’s standards), we sent men to the moon and brought them home alive, and with souvenirs!  They say there’s more computer memory in the laptop I’m using to type this text than there was in all of Mission Control. More in your cell phone than their was in the Lunar Module that landed on the Moon. 


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This rock was collected by the crew of Apollo 15. All moon walkers who followed Neil Armstrong seemingly get lost in history’s shuffle.  But among other things, this mission introduced the world to the Lunar Rover, which was a sort of battery-powered dune buggy, allowing astronauts to travel several miles in their quest to explore.  OK, enough with the space stuff, but it is, after all, my blog…


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This aircraft would not make it to the Moon, but it might take someone to the “top.”  As the Royals were boarding their charter at Midway Airport, the campaign plane for Barack Obama was undergoing security checks.  We see his plane every time we go to Chicago.  Maybe he’s a Royals fan!  Oh, that’s right, he lives there.


I type during the bumpy bus ride up Madison Avenue on our way to Yankee Stadium.  The road has been unkind to the Royals in recent weeks.  The trend continued in Chicago.  It was my 12th American League ballpark from which I’ve broadcast.  Yankee Stadium will be “lucky” 13.
A few Chi-town shots of interest:

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This monstrosity is a pickup truck  apparently belonging to White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle.  It is, to say the least, large.  Two separate 60-gallon gas tanks, one on either side, means it’s about 500 bucks to fill up.  Yikes!

A security guard stands alongside the truck for perspective. He stands 5 feet 10 inches.View from the Booth.jpg

Shot from our radio booth, as Denny and Bob are hoping to see a Royals victory.  Wednesday night was close, but no cigar.  15 innings, but another road loss.  As you can see, our view from the booth is a good one.Writers.jpg
Not as good for the writers.  Bob Dutton, from the KC Star (left) and Dave Holtzman (below him) watch from the press box (writers, etc. who aren’t actually broadcasting the game).  When the Sox redid their press box in 2007, the “regular press” got moved down the right field line.Plane.jpg  




While it’s impossible to make out based on this photo,  I thought it was worth putting on here.  That flashing light is a police/secret service escort for a plane that had just brought Barack Obama home to Chicago.  His plane had just landed as we were getting on our chartered flight headed for New York. 


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