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What Really Are Ladyfingers Edition
As we celebrate our nation's birth, let us not forget the great neighborhood citizens who supplied pre-teens with illegal explosives in the 90s. Here's to you, shadowy man in the "White House" - thank you for keeping us supplied with M-80s, silver salutes, black cats, bottle rockets, roman candles, quarter sticks, and the occasional half-stick. We know you had class because you always threw in free punks.
On Sundays all those rules are thrown out the window. Neighborhood churchgoers park any which way and in all directions. Local police traditionally excuse themselves from traffic enforcement in Bridgeport on the Lord's day. If you are foolish enough to walk into Church to ask that someone move their car because you're blocked in you're likely to get an earful. In an effort to curtail any troubles that may arise from the big church crowds this Holy Week a local parish has even included parking guidelines in their weekly bulletin.
While this move is sure to win the support of our old friends at Better Driving USA it's likely to fall on deaf ears to locals who believe the Sunday double is a God given right.
The Trib's David Haugh published a great article about new Cubs manager Joe Maddon which included this anecdote about his night with members of the Farnese at Cork & Kerry (pictured above):
This is what people love about Maddon. Humor accompanies almost every exchange, enthusiasm appreciated with every encounter. He turns simple questions into detailed anecdotes, conversations into memories. He plays music during stretching and sings a happy tune on tough topics. The approach makes Maddon immune to monotony, whether he’s revealing his favorite episodes of “The Office’’ or recalling the day he enjoyed a postgame beer at the Cork and Kerry outside U.S. Cellular Field and learned about the Cubs-Sox rivalry.
“I tipped a few Guinness with the boys, and they told me what they thought about the Cubs,’’ Maddon said.
Many Bporters remember CAZ as the slick fielding outfielder who fine tuned his baseball skills at the swift pitch box on 29th and Stewart. Mr. Zivalich was also the first neighborhood kid to sport a Mizuno glove which he theft-proofed by famously inscribing his initials on the brown mitt's soft outside leather. These bold moves helped establish CAZ's repuation as a cool cat in the neighborhood. He further burnished his reputation by assisting the ONIAC roller-blade hockey team in besting the Taylor street squad in numerous match-ups on the old asphalt field next to "the club."
Unbeknownst to many CAZ's star still burns bright in the neighborhood. The old neighborhood trendsetter has traded in his Mizuno for a guitar which he jams today in the company of his band: Uproar's Revenge.
Judging from these videos CAZ is now popular then ever and the crowd of characters who pop up throughout these garage jam sessions is sure to bring joy to all our readers.
Uproar's Revenge is playing this Sunday at Reggie's Rock Club in the Battle of the Bands. Swing bye and give these local boys some support.
Raines' connection to Bridgeport involves the period from 1991 to 1995 when the switch hitter manned left field for the Pale Hose. Raines was a key cog when the club won the American League West title in 1993. That year he hit .306/.401/.480 with 16 homers and 54 RBIs while swiping 21 bases. Raines also used his time in Chicago to fully transition from Tim Raines to Rock Raines.
Now, changing your name to Rock during that era was not easy since the neighborhood already had a powerful slugger by that name. But Raines perservered and soon his name was being echoed in bars and restuarants up and down Halsted as the 93' Sox won 94 games.
A quick glance at the numbers indicates that Rock Raines deserves to be in the Hall of Fame and many prominent baseball writers agree with that assessment, including Bnews favorite Jonah Keri.
Alas, the Bnews has been petitioning the HOF for voting rights for some time but has yet to be granted the privilege so our strategy at the B is to do what Bporters do best: reach out to everyone you know and support the Rock's cause. Or as Hawk Harrelson would say "call you sons and call your daughters."