Illini players looking forward to a warm Thanksgiving

I can’t help but feel a little envious of the Illinois baseball players and coaches.  They are going on a trip of a lifetime next week when they travel to the Dominican Republic.  Not only will they get to see some of the sights but they will also play eight exhibition baseball games in the […]

Prepping for DR: Illini baseball practice in November

  Catcher Kelly Norris-Jones awaits the cutoff throw Baseball in November at Illinois Field.  There’s a first for everything.  The Illini were at practice today getting warmed up for their trip to the Dominican Republic.  They’ll be leaving for a week on November 22nd.  For those interested, there is a drive to collect baseball gloves […]

Ryne Roper honored by Big Ten

Each week when the Big Ten awards announcement is released, I eagerly read it in anticipation of another Illinois player getting their due.  Some weeks, it’s apparent that our guys won’t be named but some like this week, the powers-that-be at the conference office see it our way.  Indeed, this week one of our players […]

Parr brothers help Peoria Chiefs with tornado relief online auction

The Cardinals’ Class A affiliate Peoria Chiefs are holding an online auction to benefit those affected by the recent tornado damage in Central Illinois.  "The response on the auction front has been outstanding," said Chiefs director of media relations and baseball operations Nathan Baliva. Items up for auction range from a baseball signed by Hall […]

Jock Jams 2013 a loud success at Huff Hall

There was plenty of fist pumpin’ action at Huff Hall last night where Jock Jams 2013 took place.  I really didn’t know what to expect but really had a blast. Illinois Baseball rightfielder Davis Hendrickson gets some of the credit for getting the word out among the Illini baseball fans.  But it was the freshman […]

Gearing up for Jock Jams 2013

Earlier this week, I did a plug for the Fourth annual Jock Jams that will be happening on February 27th. Illini Productions just came out with this video of past year’s performances to help promote the event.   Looks like fun. Get your tickets at the Illini ticket office or at Huff Hall at the […]

Fourth annual Jock Jams scheduled for Feb. 27

The fourth annual Jock Jams has now been scheduled for February 27. What is Jock Jams, you say??  It’s an event sponsored by the U of I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee full of singing, dancing and acting performed by University of Illinois athletes. It’s done all in name of community and charity, too. Last year’s Jock […]

Exploratory committee to begin talks on minor league team in Champaign

Here’s some Champaign baseball-related news from The News-Gazette:  On January 30th, Mayor Don Gerard’s exploratory committee will begin meeting and discussing the finer points of what it will take to bring a minor league to the Champaign area.  Tony Johnston, vice president of Shelby Solutions, a software firm, will head up the committee.  "The idea […]

Lou Boudreau and #5

Yesterday, I entered a team in the second annual Kiwanis Sports Trivia Championship here in Champaign.   While we didn’t win, we had fun and it was for a good cause. Like last year, there was one Illinois baseball question among the 100 questions they gave us.  And once again, Lou Boudreau was the subject of […]

Annual Hot Stove Banquet date nearing

The annual Hot Stove Banquet which is sponsored by the University of Illinois baseball team and the Fighting Illini Dugout Club is almost here.  An annual tradition, the Hot Stove Banquet kicks off the Illini baseball season and is a good chance to meet the coaches and players. Here are the critical details: Date:  Feb […]