Pulse: Ozzie ball in Joliet?
October 27, 2013 7:26PM
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, right, and bench coach Joey Cora react during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Chicago, Sunday, June 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: December 1, 2013 6:49AM
The Joliet Slammers last week put out a tongue-in-cheek news release offering its open managerial job to former White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen.
We’ve seen this kind of Silver Cross Field humor before. In 2009, the JackHammers, the previous Joliet minor league team, offered a contract to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who now is doing time in a federal prison — which, come to think of it, might make him more suitable for the prison-themed Slammers.
The screwball pitch to Blagojevich got a lot of press play. Perhaps hoping the offer to Ozzie would get good exposure, Slammers General Manager Chris Franklin worked in some not so subtle marketing into the news release and offered Ozzie’s family “All-You-Can-Eat-Packs,” which, the news release notes, “allow fans to indulge themselves for one hour prior to the start of the game with hamburgers, hot dogs, brats and Pepsi products for less than $15 per game!”
Not just for barges
The Army Corps of Engineers is hospitable to pleasure boats, said Col. Mark Deschenes, commander of the Rock Island District.
“You can come through here on a canoe,” Deschenes told U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-11th, during a tour Friday of the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet. “We’ll open the gates and let you through.”
Deschenes noted that the Brandon lock gets filled during the summer with pleasure boats on their way to Joliet to watch fireworks.
Photo double play
Lockport residents who pay attention to local marketing and traffic safety may have recently had some deja vu.
It appears the same stock photo sheriff’s police chose to represent Will County during the summer seat belt enforcement program was chosen to represent Lockport for economic development.
Herald-News reporters Bob Okon and Brian Stanley contributed to Pulse.