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Subject: 2003 Wish List


Author:
Debbie
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Date Posted: 00:21:11 08/31/02 Sat

Instead of everyone focusing on what went wrong in 2002, how about the message board readers post in this thread the things that they "liked" at the park this year?

Those with the Cheetahs Organization (Including Chuck) check these boards from time to time, and if they know what fans want to see next year, they can see what people liked the most, and if you have any suggestions on what you'd LIKE to see that hasn't been offered, or ideas on how to make something better, feel free to post it here too.


Disclaimer: I do not work with the Cheetahs Organization and have no say if any suggestions posted on this board will be utilized. Just thought it would be something fun to keep the boards going in the "Off-Season"

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Subject: Brandon Managing?


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the fan
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Date Posted: 07:35:18 09/13/02 Fri

This is addressed the Chuck..... what are the chances that Brandon Pollard will be managing next year?

Has management been in touch with him?

I have heard that teams in other leagues are interested in his services.

regards,

Baseball Fan

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Subject: Frontier League Alumni Association


Author:
Debbie
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Date Posted: 06:44:52 09/10/02 Tue

http://www.frontierleague.com/alumni_association.htm

Frontier League Alumni Association

As a way of saying thank you to the pioneers of independent baseball, the Frontier League is pleased to announce that it has established the Frontier League Alumni Association for its former players. If you were ever a member of a Frontier League roster, you are eligible to join the FLAA. There are no membership dues.

Membership in the FLAA means:
1. Free admission to FL games for the member and a guest
2. Receipt of a quarterly electronic newsletter
3. Discounts on FL merchandise
4. Invitation to all FLAA events

To join, simply fill out the short form on the FLAA Sign Up Page and submit it to the League's webmaster. You'll receive a membership ID card and a letter of thanks from the League that you helped to make a success. Please take a moment and join today.

If you have any questions or comments concerning the FLAA, please send an e-mail message to webmaster@frontierleague.com.

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Subject: Baseball in Kankakee in 2004


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Davey
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Date Posted: 00:12:24 09/06/02 Fri

Wonder if this will give the Cheetahs any competition? Is Richard Clark any relation to the Old GM Gerry Clark?

http://www.daily-journal.com/content/?id=11377

Kankakee's quest to land a Mid-States League baseball franchise looks better than ever and the spokesman for the nine-member feasibility group is confident stadium construction will begin in spring 2003.

Richard Clark, the group's spokesman, wouldn't say the franchise is 100 percent set for Kankakee as the league's commissioner said a week ago, but did say "it's very much alive. It certainly looks better than it has in a long time.''

League commissioner Steve Spielman said play is scheduled to begin in June 2004 with six teams. The hope is to expand the league to eight teams by the following summer.

The league is planning franchises in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan. Spielman does not want the league to go beyond eight teams.

While Clark said some members of the feasibility group are likely to invest in the team, the door is open for community members to invest as well. Interested people should contact Clark at 932-9752.

"We would like to make this a community affair'' similar to the community-owned Green Bay Packers of the National Football League, he said. "The more people that are a part of it, the better this will be.''

The investment group would require an annual operating budget of about $500,000. The budget would support a 23-man roster, traveling, advertising and stadium needs.

The operating funds would not be used for stadium construction. The stadium would cost between $1.5 million to $3 million to build, Spielman said. Clark said the cost would be closer to $3 million than the $1.5 million figure.

"We have some very hard decisions that have to be made in the very near future,'' Clark said.

Clark did confirm that Interstate 57's 308 exit on the city's south side would be the location for the ballpark.

Mid-States League officials are planning a 72-game schedule to be played in June, July and August. Other communities that have committed or are nearly committed to joining the league are Kenosha, Wis., Valparaiso, Ind. and McHenry County.

The Kankakee group had initially investigated joining the independent Frontier League, but franchise fees for becoming a league member were nearly $650,000. Mid-States franchise fees are about $50,000.

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Subject: Johnstown Johnnies Sold


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Davey
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Date Posted: 16:15:34 09/06/02 Fri

Article from the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat

Sullivan, Johnnies strike out
By MIKE MASTOVICH, THE TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT September 05, 2002

There was no miracle comeback, no figurative ninth-inning rally for Johnstown Johnnies owner Tom Sullivan.
Sullivan made it official yesterday, ending months, even years, of speculation surrounding the Frontier League independent baseball franchise.
Sullivan sold the Johnnies to an undisclosed group of investors for $520,000.
The sale ended the latest chapter of professional baseball in the city. The odds of a professional team occupying the deteriorating Point Stadium next season have greatly diminished. Sullivan wouldn't confirm that the new ownership group plans to move the franchise to another city, perhaps in Northern Kentucky. He deferred to the league office or the new owners, who, of course,
remained anonymous.
"I very honestly don't know what they are going to do, and I don't think they know what they're going to do," Sullivan said yesterday during a telephone interview.
Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee could not be reached yesterday at his Zanesville, Ohio, office. Lee did not return messages, and perhaps was attending the championship playoff game in Washington, Pa., last night.
A day earlier, Lee indicated that the Frontier League would proceed as if a team will continue to operate in Johnstown until he was notified otherwise.
Johnstown politicians seem resigned to losing the professional team for at least one season, maybe longer. Plans to play more AAABA League games at the Point next summer already have been pondered, assuming the Johnnies are out.

What went wrong?
When the baseball team moved from Erie to Johnstown in 1995, the city embraced the franchise then known as the Johnstown Steal. After 34 years without a pro team, Johnstowners set the Frontier League single-
game attendance record with an opening-night crowd of 8,432. A helicopter dropped off the large baseball-headed mascot Johnstown Johnny in the Point for the festive pregame introductions. Then-Mayor Linda Weaver compared the atmosphere to the historic Flood Centennial celebration at the Point in 1989. Averaging 1,976 fans a home game, the Steal won a championship during its inaugural season.
Eventually, the novelty wore off. By the time Sullivan bought into the team prior to the 1997 season, the Johnnies attendance gradually had begun to drop. The team changed managers on an almost annual basis and had mixed success in the standings. In 2000, Somerset native Mike Moore managed the Johnnies to another Frontier League title and was named Manager of the Year. But the past two seasons saw a decline in prosperity on the field and turmoil off it.
On most nights this summer, the crowds numbered fewer than 500 fans, though the announced average attendance was 880.
Adding to the team's struggles was Sullivan's consistently late rent payments to the city.
Each year, Sullivan eventually paid up, but the annual ritual created ill will among at least some city leaders and certainly didn't help the Johnnies' public image. Sullivan admits his tardiness. He once asked a reporter rhetorically, "What's better, a late payment or no
payments if there's no team?" "With all the good that came
out of the team being here, it's unfortunate that some city council members were more concerned about a late payment than they were about helping to keep the team here," said Sullivan, who also felt the media spent too much time covering the issue. "Over the years we've
owned the team, we've paid in excess of $200,000 to the city, 100 percent what has been due to this point."
Sullivan still owed the city more than $16,000 at the time of the sale. The transaction will enable him to clear his debt, Sullivan said. Additionally, he said he previously had purchased $21,000 in concession equipment still in use at the Point, as well as press box computers, batting cages, protective pitching screens and the infield
tarp. "The amount due to the city right now is not meaningful in the overall context of what the loss of the team means to the city economically and financially," he said, sounding as if the franchise will soon move.
"I've done everything I possibly could to make it work here and keep a team here. It didn't work. There's no more that I could do." Last season, Canton (Ohio) lost its FL franchise when the team moved to Washington, Pa. But the London (Ontario) team later relocated to Canton, allowing that city to remain in the league. Realistically, a similar development probably would be a longshot in
Johnstown. "Something like that could happen," said Sullivan, who plans to continue living in Johnstown. "But it would take a commitment by all parties concerned, the city, the business community and some local investors. If it all came together, I would be willing to put what I
get out of the sale of this into a new franchise."

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Subject: 8/27 - Last 2002 Press Release!


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Debbie
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Date Posted: 04:43:32 08/28/02 Wed

Press Release Tuesday, August 27, 2002

PICHI ENDS SEASON ON TOP WITH A .405 AVERAGE

CRESTWOOD, IL (Tuesday, August 27, 2002) – The Cook County Cheetahs won their final game of the season, finishing with a 40-44 record, as they beat the second place team in the West Division the Rockford Riverhawks who end their season with a 45-39 record. The Cheetahs battled back offensively in the eighth to take the lead, 3-2, then sent Chad Bircher to the mound to finish the feat.

All-Star third baseman Pichi Balet finished with a .405 average for the 2002 season, which clinched him the Frontier League record for the highest batting average in a single year. Morgan Burkhart set the record back in 1998 with a .404 batting average with the Richmond Roosters. “I really tried not to think about the record too much,” said Balet “I just go out there to hit and rack up the RBI’s.” Balet had 24 more at bats than Burkhart did when he set the record back in 1998. Although Balet clinched the title he went into tonight’s game with a .406 average and had only one at bat tonight which resulted in a strike out. Manager Dana Forsberg made the decision in the top of the second to pull Balet out of the game. “Pichi did an outstanding job all season, “ said Forsberg “He deserved the title and that is why I pulled him out of the game.”

The Cheetahs end their season four games below .500, an improvement over last year’s record of 28-53. Although the Cheetahs will be losing two outfielders, John Schmitz and Josh Wilke, due to the age restriction in the Frontier League, the Cheetahs hope to bring back many key players next year.

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Subject: PR Director and Broadcaster, Scott Ibarra to leave Cheetahs at seasons end


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Scott Ibarra
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Date Posted: 05:41:43 08/27/02 Tue

I would like to thank everyone for an eventful summer. I will be ending my services as Director of Public Relations and the ("Voice of the Cheetahs") broadcaster of the 2002 Cook County Cheetahs.

I would like to personally thank the players, coaches and trainers for a great season full of fun and friendship. Dana and everyone, I wish you all the best and hope to see you all in the "BIGS". BP will never be the same.

The Fans; When you have seen me around the field, you've given a nod or a smile and for me, that's enough.

To the families of the players; your e-mails,comments and visits have made it worth every trip to the ballpark. I did the things I got paid to do this summer for your and "my" guys. I hope they all make it to bigger and better. (Conway family and Mac family, I want to thank you from my father, who you treated like you have known him for years. Thank you)

To the Cheethas staff, game day workers: You "all" have been great. Words can not express my feelings. I will miss you, but will not forget. Pat, Barb, Kelley, and the interns, no tears tomorrow, just remember our "Christmas wish List". Section "E" will never be the same with out "Papa" my dad Bob Ibarra

Good luck and "He might be, He could be, He's out of here."

Scott Ibarra

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Subject: Disappointing End to the season


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Baseball Fan Too
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Date Posted: 19:51:57 08/29/02 Thu

As a season ticket holder for a few years, this past seasons ending left a lot to be desired, and has me contemplating whether or not to renew my season tickets next year. And I am not talking about the team, I'm glad they ended the season with a win and I am glad to see that Balet broke the record, but why wasn't the Frontier League representatives invited out to the ballpark to give him the recognition? Usually at the end of each season there will be lots going on for "fan appreciation" day, for example: giveaways to patrons as they enter the park, fireworks for the final night, discounts on t-shirts, hats, etc, the jersey giveaway the last game of the season, the player interaction with the crowd the last game and autograph signings for the kids, this year was a real let down for my family. It was really no different than a regular season game, minus the items that Bourbon Street and the staff would throw out to the fans. You would think with the pending MLB strike that the minors would want to make the end of the year "special" and "memorable" so that if they do strike, fans will remember the minors and the Cheetahs and return again next year. There we no giveaways between the innings or anything tossed out to the fans the last game. Is that "fan appreciation" or "ignoring the fans"? each previous year had a special ceremony at the end of the game onfield where the Cheetahs would pick an MVP and award that player the MVP of the season award, that didn't happen this year either. Who was the 2002 Cheetah MVP? Anybody know? I can't speak for others, but upon leaving the ballpark that last game, my family was very disappointed. Its the worst ending to a season I've seen. The feeling I got was its the end of the season, we don't care, now everyone go home. After the game most of the players headed into the locker room and didn't stick around for any autographs or to talk to fans on "fan appreciation" day. A few players did and stayed on the field, but most took off into the locker room. My kids were so upset because they wanted to run the bases and talk with the players because it would be their last time to do so and get some autographs but the players they wanted to talk with were already off the field and unavailable. So I went home with two very disappointed kids who were sad because they didn't get to say goodbye to their favorite players. What a way to end the season. Previous last games were so much fun with so much for the fans, and this year was just a big letdown for my kids and my family. I'm afraid this last game has left a very bad impression on my mind about returning next year. I guess I'm posting this here to see if anyone else felt the same way, or if someone from the organization can give me some assurance that next years "season ticket holders" and "host families" will get some sort of recognition and/or maybe a few "perks" or private parties or at least a public "thank you" at the end of the season, and that we won't feel like we are not appreciated and just wanted for our money. I would like to know how other fans who attended the last game feel about how the season ended.
You may email me privately if you'd like instead of posting.


A Baseball Fan

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Subject: Manager in 2003


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The Fan
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Date Posted: 04:08:32 08/28/02 Wed

I believe we need a new manager in 2003. This years manager has not done the job even though he had probably the best talent on the field.

With the kind of team he had we should have made the playoff's.

As a host family member I would here a lot of what the players would say and they all agreed that a manager should not only know baseball but has to be a born leader as well and apparently Dana wasn't.

When times where tough you could see him sit on the bench ( at most home games) with his head down as if he was a loser.

This is not the kind of leadership a team needs!

We need a new manager with a aggressive attitude and a desire to win.

I would really like to see the Arks give Brandon Pollard a chance to manage. He was such an exciting player to watch and I think his type of attitude would be great for a team to follow.

Brandon was also a great player and is definatly a fan favourite.

Give the Aussie a go I say.

Thank you

The Fan

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Subject: Thanks To all in Cheetahville


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Pat Quane
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Date Posted: 09:11:03 08/28/02 Wed

I appreciated all the kind words people have been saying. I really see myself just going out and doing my job day in and day out. So many people to thank I know I will not get them all. Thanks to the Arch family. My dream was to play baseball forever but when reality sunk in you created a place where I could still be apart of the game just in a different way. Another big thanks to Debbie. If it was not for this fantastic site my broadcast would be lost. Thanks to Chuck Heeman for giving a chance to come work with again this year. Thanks to Scott for allowing me a chance to work up in the booth and another new challenge. Thanks to Dana and the rest of the coaching staff for treating with respect through the hard times. Especially thanks to the players. If it was not for them alot of people would be out of a job. They also treated me with the upmost respect. Although this 2002 team was a great bunch of guys there a are some I have to single out. Those guys who appreicated everything I did even though I probably a rookie still at the grounds work and that was Adam Palmer, Rick Stegbauer, Bobby Mac, Ryan Vanhorn, Brendan Loughrey. I can't forget the rest of the ground crew I had to work with Trent, Mike Katie, Jordan, My brother Joe, Ray, Phil, Jim, Clubbie Mike, and a ton more it was a plesure to work with you guys. Also Mitch for the 4 yerars I would come to work straight from the park district on an empty stomach but Mitch was there always giving me the best wings, cheese stix, and OH that Parm Sandwich. Finally a thanks to all those people who have left a lasting impression on me from Cheetahville. I will never forget those time in the Ville. Finally I just have to say that someday down the road I don't know when I will be back.

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Subject: Brandon Retires


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Brandon's parents
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Date Posted: 07:45:22 07/27/02 Sat

We wish to thank the Cheetah fans for their support of our son over the years he has played for the team and wish the team well for the rest of the season.

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Subject: Thank You Cheetahs


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Meg Stegbauer
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Date Posted: 03:47:20 08/28/02 Wed

Thank you Cheetahs - Especially Chad Epperson - Dana Forsberg - Chuck Heeman - Carlos May - Theo McPee! For giving our son, Rick, a chance to do what he loves most - it's been awesome!

The Cheetah organization has been great to be involved with. Never having been involved in independent baseball before, this summer has been terrific. When we were there in June everyone on staff was so thoughtful, hospitable and made us feel a part of the Cheetahs. You all go above and beyond! But I sure wouldn't want your jobs! You can't please all the people all the time, but you guys all go out of your way to try - you're a great organization and we appreciate your efforts.

Success takes a lot of hard work, trial and error, headaches and sleepless nights - the young Cheetah organization is on its way to continued success. Baby steps ya' know!

Never give up the dream - whatever it may be - to play baseball, be a teacher or coach, to run a successful organization (of any kind) - or just to be a better human being - you have what it takes inside to achieve it! If you love it, go for it and work for it! It's within your reach.

Thanks again -
Meg, Rick, Rick, Jr., Ashley & Keith Stegbauer

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Subject: Good Bye to Cheetahville


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Pat Quane
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Date Posted: 05:55:52 08/27/02 Tue

Well it has been a great four years as a happy cheetah employee. But like anything it has to come to an end as I move on towards my career. After I finish pounding the mound it will be my last time walking off Hawkinson Ford Field as an employee. And through the few headaches i keep on coming back. The reason beening that the people I met made something special in Cheetahville I could not miss. From the Arch Family to the Voyiak Family Carlos May to Ron LeFlore , Tom Becker to Chris Felice, Jerry to Kathy, Tood to Kevin, Shifty to Clubie Tom, Sven to Stilly, Uncle Tim to my bro Joe, Beth to Bee, Scott to Cara, Kelly to The Queen of Fun, Special Ed to Mazor, The dude to Fred, Slappy to Trailor Bill Marty to Greg, Jim to Paul, Mike to Katie, Fitz to Pat, Carolyn to Dawn, Sweaty to Mike, Milt Pappas to Chico Walker, Theo to Beck, Dana to Chad, Fiela to Coopman, The fun Nazi to Chuck, Spero to Doug, Mitch to Denis, Mark to Stevem, Jason to Chris and everyone else. Through the good and bad(one most recent) it has been a blast. One thing that will never end is my support for the Cheetahs. Thanks

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Subject: Rob Conway


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Shain Vernier
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Date Posted: 16:27:11 08/27/02 Tue

I just want to say hi to Rob Conwayof the Cheetahs. He is my ex-roommate at ISU. I really miss the good times we spent together. You were my idle. The man

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Subject: 2002 season


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Oak Lawn Guy
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Date Posted: 17:23:12 08/25/02 Sun

This should be the reply to the James Rinne thread below, sorry about the NT. I keep hitting enter instead of tab.
I think this team has made great strides this season and when you consider they started with virtually nothing it's an even bigger achievement. The offense has been tremendous, the GM and his aides saw fit to add Balet, Schmitz and Gontmaher, the cogs in the lineup. Defensively I though Firlit was probably the best in the league, but they need to upgrade or have the present roster improve on its performance next year.
Pitching was the Achilles heel this season. While they retained Houdek (who subsequently left) and Clelland, losing Jason Shelley took its toll. I am not sure what the story behind his leaving was but we could have used him in the rotation. Bircher dropped off from last year's performance, and while Grant Williams has emerged as a closer candidate, I don't see much middle relief help. Honda had a poor first half.
I think three or four pitchers can put them in playoffs next year. Hitting .400+ will probably earn Balet an offer from an affiliate. But retaining the heart of the order would be a coup. But the bottom line is this team is truly much closer to post season play than the 2001 version.
To me this puts the onus on the staff to come up with a better on field product in 2003, but they rose to the challenge this year, so there's hope.
As far as Dana Forsberg's job, from what I've read he's been seen as a team leader since he arrived anyway. I don't think age has much to do with respect in this league or any other; there have been a whole lot of big league managers who found success only a few years removed from an active roster. There are a bunch of guy in the "good ol boys" network who will never manage a winner. And yes, Forsberg may have had some inkling that he'd take a position of authority on the team this year, having been involved in off-season scouting, but still to have to assume the task after only a couple weeks into the season had to be somewhat of a scramble.
So here's to success in 2003, if we can keep the team here. All signs point to that happening too.

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Subject: J. Clelland and P. Balet


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Debbie
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Date Posted: 07:17:55 08/26/02 Mon

James Clelland threw his Fifth Complete game with a 6-0 Shutout. Clelland, pitched his third shutout of the 2002 season. Clelland (7-5) allowed three hits with 8 strikeouts and two walks.

All-Star third baseman Pichi Balet continued his streak to obtain the Frontier League’s Batting Average title by going 3-4 and ending the day with a .410 batting average.

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Subject: James Rinne


Author:
Oak Lawn Guy
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Date Posted: 13:06:31 08/22/02 Thu

What's up with James Rinne? He hasn't played much lately.

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Subject: FL Expands to Olate, Kansas


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Debbie
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Date Posted: 17:40:19 08/23/02 Fri

League expresses interest in Olathe

On Thursday, Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee held a press conference in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, to express the League's interest in placing a team there. “We are very excited about the prospects for professional baseball in Olathe,” said Lee. “The Frontier League has operated for 10 consecutive seasons and Johnson County is exactly the kind of market the league is targeting for its next growth phase. Baseball is a sport the entire family can enjoy and that will be our focus in Olathe.”

Olathe Daily News


Olathe News Story 2


KansasCity.com


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Subject: Grant Williams


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Debbie
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Date Posted: 23:30:41 08/21/02 Wed

A nice article about Grant Williams in the Coloradoan Newspaper.

Grant Williams


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Subject: FL Stats - John Schmitz


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Debbie
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Date Posted: 07:03:18 08/21/02 Wed


The longest hitting streak in the Frontier League this season is 20, set by Cook County's John Schmitz in May and June.

Pichi Balet is still trying to break Morgan Burkhart's Record of batting .404, He's currently at .401

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Subject: agreement for Josh Wilke


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Mark
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Date Posted: 06:18:58 08/20/02 Tue

To reguards of what is being said for the strike, i know and as many would agree, baseball and the joy of baseball has been turned into nothing more then a fight to see who can make the most money. like everything else in todays society, everything is run and controlled by money so when millionaires battle, just like any other corporation, the little guy gets the shaft. i feel the major league games are already to expensive. so when i read what Josh Wilke said on the front of Mondays Daliy Southtown, i couldn't agree more that fans will just turn there attention to the minor leaguers. i know last season, my now ex boy freind and I use to love goin to the cheetahs games over the cubs any day! (better food and cheaper beer helped) but it was more because these guys play for the love of the game. i can feel it. and if most major league fans get a clue, they will realize what they are missin adn let the rich guys fight it out and we can screw them both in the end. ok i'm done tangeting now
thanks,
Mark in Orland Park

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Subject: Baseball Strike and Frontier League


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Jack
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Date Posted: 22:47:20 08/16/02 Fri

Id like to know what the people here think of the looming baseball strike and if you think it will effect frontier league atendence in the future. If so for better or worse

I herd a rumor that there might not be a team in Crestwood next year, or it mite not be the Cook County Cheetahs can someone tell me if the team is moving? if so wear?


Jack

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Subject: Julio Chinea


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Oak Lawn Guy
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Date Posted: 17:53:52 08/12/02 Mon


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Subject: Julio Chinea


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Oak Lawn Guy
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Date Posted: 18:04:36 08/12/02 Mon

I see Julio Chinea is back in town, having been suspended and subsequently traded to the Cheetahs. I am puzzled by the fact that a first round pick was traded for his services. He did well here in 2001, and seems to have good stuff, but I am not so sure about trading that pick for a guy you might only have for three weeks.
Am I overrating the value of a first round pick? Is Julio signed for 2003?

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Subject: Farewell Another Cheetah Player - Dan Firlit


Author:
Debbie
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Date Posted: 22:36:48 08/06/02 Tue

From the Frontier Leauge site:

Firlit signed by Diamondbacks
Cook County shortstop Dan Firlit has been acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks and will report to their affiliate in Lancaster, California. Firlit, a 2002 FL All-Star, played in the Cardinals' organization before joining the Cheetahs. He is currently hitting .261 with 3 home runs and 26 runs batted in.

Dan, Congratulations on being acquired by the AZ Diamondbacks, we had the honor of watching you play in the FL All-Star Game in Kalamazoo.

We are losing a lot of good players lately, but although we will miss Dan, he's moving up, which is good news, and what all the players are trying for.

BEST OF LUCK DAN IN YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVORS!

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Subject: Farewell to Brian Houdek


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Pat
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Date Posted: 16:44:00 08/05/02 Mon

Brian Houdek is leaving and going back to Western Kentucky to finish his degree. It will be a great loss to the Cheetahs both on and off the field. I got to know him just a little this year and always found him extremely fan friendly. Brian I will miss hanging "K"'s as you bang them out. Good luck!!!

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Subject: Pat or Scott


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 05:43:43 08/02/02 Fri

Recently the Rockford Riverhawks sold the contract of Jayson Drobiak to the New York Yankees.

From the best of your knowledge, have any major league scouts been out at Hawkinson Ford Field scouting any players in particular and if so can you divulge which teams scouts were out, and what players they were looking at.

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Subject: VCR ALERT - 8/1


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Debbie
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Date Posted: 19:19:18 08/01/02 Thu

If you have DirecTV, Fox Sports Pittsburgh tonight will be airing The Washington Wild Things' game with the Cook County Cheetahs tonight at 7:05 pm EDT (6:05PM our time)

Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee will be on hand for all of the fun at Falconi Field.

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Subject: New FL Team in Florence, KY


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Debbie
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Date Posted: 19:14:13 08/01/02 Thu

Florence awards stadium deal to FL group
A city selection committee has awarded a contract to Northern Kentucky Professional Baseball Ltd., headed by Gary Enzweiler, to build and operate a stadium in Florence, Kentucky. NKPBL was earlier granted the right by the Frontier League Board of Trustees to operate an FL club in Florence. "We are extremely excited about the Florence area becoming a new addition to the Frontier League," said FL Commissioner Bill Lee. "This is the culmination of two years of work between the city government, NKPBL, and the League. We believe it will be a tremendous franchise."
Related story:
Baseball stadium contract awarded


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Subject: Trivia Question


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BaseballGal
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Date Posted: 02:15:31 07/27/02 Sat

Pat, the answer to your trivia question, whose batting average record are Pichi and Schmitz trying to break, is Morgan Burkhart, .404 set in 1998 when he played for the Roosters, he also won the triple crown that year.

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Subject: Win over Washington


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Aussie Fan
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Date Posted: 21:29:03 07/26/02 Fri

Glad to see the team won over Washington, also great to hear that Brandon Pollard is once again playing. Hopefully management will see that the two games Brandon played in were games the team won, and keep him in more consistently.

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Subject: WebCast Question


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Wes
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Date Posted: 18:25:05 07/25/02 Thu

How are the playoff teams selected, and what is the format of the Frontier League playoffs, including home/away teams?

Also, does anyone have a list detailing the eligibility of each Cheetah player? That would be nice info to have.

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Subject: Pat & Scott the Webcasters


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Cindy Moore
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Date Posted: 18:39:29 07/25/02 Thu

I check this site daily as well as the frontier league site, (haven't seen much updates on the official site) and noticed that most of the teams have their starting pitcher listed, but the Cheetahs always have TBA.

Im curious why that information isn't sent to the Frontier League so they can update their site so us fans can see who the starting pitchers are going to be.

Washington is on a 7 game winning streak, lets hope the cheetahs can break that streak like they broke the Roosters streak.

GO CHEETAHS!
I will try to be listening tonight, I had wanted to make it out for the charity ballgame and game tonight, but unfortunately have to work. But if I have some free time I will be checking in on the webcast from work.

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Subject: Meaningless stats & Ex-Cheetah Update


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Wes
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Date Posted: 18:30:28 07/25/02 Thu

Some interesting stats, and a Ex-Cheetah Update:

Baseball has its share of meaningless statistics, so here's one more. On Wednesday night, the last name of all six winning pitchers in the Frontier League began with the letter "B". Winning were Breauchaud (River City), Batthauer (Rockford), Bircher (Cook County), Bennet (Dubois County), Baber (Washington), and Buck (Gateway). Chillicothe hopes the trend carries over one more day -- the Paints will start Jason Biddlestone tonight against River City.


Former Cook County Cheetah Chris Oxspring tossed two shutout innings of relief in Lake Elsinore's 9-2 loss at Visalia

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Subject: Webcast Question


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Lori
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Date Posted: 14:54:49 07/24/02 Wed

Question for your webcast

I know that Dana took over as the team manager back in the early part of the season when chad took on a job closer to home. My question is:

Why didn't Dana decide to be a player/manager like Fran Riordan of the Roosters instead of retiring and being just the team manager. Dana was a good player, and I think would be an asset to the team to be a player/manager.

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Subject: Where's Brandon ?


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Aussie Fan
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Date Posted: 06:22:29 07/24/02 Wed

Why isn't Brandon Pollard playing lately? Is he injured?

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Subject: Ticket director fired, but truth is hidden!


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Informant
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Date Posted: 17:47:07 07/03/02 Wed

Although my original message was erased by the webmaster, we still need to support fired ticket director David Fitzgerald. The paying public has a right to know what is going on with the front office of THEIR team. Please, Debbie and Mr. Heeman, don't hide the truth. Everyone, please contact Chuck Heeman to protest of the unjust firing of ticket director David Fitzgerald! If anyone sees this message before it likely erased again, plese contact me for more information! Again, I thank everone for their time.

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Subject: Brandon - on the bench?


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Browns
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Date Posted: 13:01:53 07/24/02 Wed

A five game loss - the batting is not on fire and Brandon is on the bench - aren't we trying to make the playoffs.

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Subject: Webcast Questions and Answers


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Debbie
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Date Posted: 17:17:56 07/23/02 Tue

Hi Folks,

Pat who is one of the Sportsjuice announcers had posted in the Guestbook that anyone who would like to post questions on the message board, they would try to answer them on the air on Sportsjuice.

I'm just forwarding the info here, I'm not sure how many of you also read the guestbook entries.

Thanks Pat for doing that for the fans! That's a great Idea!

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Subject: HONDA DRIVES CHEETAHS TO 9-0 SHUTOUT WIN OVER RASCALS


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Debbie
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Date Posted: 06:16:35 07/19/02 Fri

Tomohiro Honda's 2nd straight start against River City was a much improved effort over his 1st. After he allowed 5 runs to the Rascals back on July 13th in a 6-5 Cook County victory, Honda (2-0) had little trouble last night as he blanked River City 9-0.

Meanwhile, Kendall Prather (3-1) suffered his worst outing of the season as he allowed three first inning runs to Cook County, as two of them came on a homer from Sean Bischofberger, his 5th in 5 games.

John Schmitz also homered for Cook County, a solo shot off of reliever Marc Neubauer in the 4th inning.

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Subject: Radio Broadcast


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Baseballgal
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Date Posted: 02:33:16 07/17/02 Wed

Nice improvements on the radio broadcast guys. I'm glad to see that fan imput really can influence change. I actually know what's going down now! Only one criticism, sometimes we can hear the music playing in the background and it drowns you guys out. So I'm not sure that we are supposed to be hearing the music and not you, or you and not the music, or maybe you are trying to give us the best of both worlds, but just so you know the music is way too loud sometimes. But other than that, awesome job, it also sounds better with 2 people conversing back and forth. You can give us more info than just one person trying to do it all.

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Subject: Charity Softball Game


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Debbie
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Date Posted: 06:18:30 07/16/02 Tue


The Cook County Cheetahs have added to the festivities of July 25th a local South-side band, Crash; will perform as fans enter the charity game. Crash will then perform at the end of the Cheetahs 7:05 game until 11:30.

The Cook County Cheetahs and Q101 are proud to announce that two spots to play with members of the Q101’s Mancow’s Morning Madhouse Show, including Mancow Muller in the charity softball game that will be played Thursday, July 25 at 5:30pm against New York’s Fire Dept. and The South Cook County Professional Firefighters Association will we auctioned off.

The spots will be auctioned off on Q101 on Thursday, July 25 as members of New York’s Fire Dept. and The South Cook County Professional Firefighters Association and Scott Ibarra, Director of Media and Public Relations for the Cook County Cheetahs will be guests on Mancow’s Morning Madhouse Show. For further information contact Scott Ibarra at 708-489-2255 or contact Q101.

Thursday, July 25 at 5:30pm (gates open at 4:30pm), members from New York’s Fire Dept. and The South Cook County Professional Firefighters Association will be competing against members of the Q101’s Mancow’s Morning Madhouse Show, including Mancow Muller in a charity softball game. Proceeds from the event through ticket sales, a silent auction and donations will go to the Bucks for Burn Camp and The South Cook County Professional Firefighters Association. Following the game, persons in attendance will get the added bonus of seeing the Cook County Cheetahs take on the Washington WildThings at 7:05pm.

Bucks for Burn Camp raises money to fund the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Camp for child burn victims of Illinois. The programs at this one-week camp assist children, ages 8-16, in building self-esteem while learning to deal with the psychological trauma they often suffer. For further information contact Thomas Taff at 773-239-4110 or the Cheetahs at 708-489-2255.

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Subject: GO CHEETAHS


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Date Posted: 04:08:13 07/01/02 Mon

Hey Rick and the Cheetahs Me and the Stegbauers were just down and you guys were awesome keep up the great playing! GO CHEETAHS and #4!

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Subject: The All-American Girls


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Martha
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Date Posted: 21:31:17 07/06/02 Sat

I had heard a rumor that the All-American Girls were going to be at a game this year but I didn't catch the date.

Can anyone tell me if this is true, and when they will be there I'd love to see them again and get a few autographs these ladies are awesome.

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Subject: Cheetahs Sweep the Rascals


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Date Posted: 05:07:55 07/15/02 Mon

BISCHOFBERGER HR IN 10TH LIFTS COOK COUNTY TO WIN OVER RASCALS

Sean Bischofberger belted a two-run homer off of Steve Ulmer in the top of the 10th inning to lift Cook County to a 10-8 lead, as the Cheetahs held off River City 10-9 last night at T.R. Hughes Ballpark before a big Sunday crowd of 4,591.

Marc Neubauer (0-4) started the 10th inning off by walking John Schmitz, and was saddled with the loss as he represented the go ahead run on the Bischofberger homer. Chad Bircher (3-1) earned the win.

Kevin Lucas enjoyed his finest game of the season as he went 4-4 with 4 RBI, including his 1st homer of the season and a 2-run triple. Adam Shea added three hits for the Rascals in a losing cause.

Lets Sweep Evansville too! :-)

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Subject: who won the all~star game ???


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Date Posted: 04:01:10 07/11/02 Thu

who won the all~star game???!!! i was listening to the game via the internet and i got kicked off just as the east team had tied up to the west with the 2nd homerun (post game hr derby) !!! i can't get re-connected to find out, so if anyone knows please respond asap!

~ Congrats to the all~star cheetahs!!! * especially Pichi (I love you & I am so very proud of you as always!) ....23 more days!

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Subject: Congratulations Cheetahs and the West Division


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Date Posted: 15:48:59 07/11/02 Thu

Congratulations to our All-Star Cheetahs and the West Division as this year's winners! We're all excited and so proud of you!

Go Cheetahs - go directly to first place, do not pass go, do not collect $200! And have a ball!

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Subject: ALL-STAR DAN


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Jessica
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Date Posted: 22:54:25 07/09/02 Tue

Way to go Dan, making the All-Star Team, I know that you will make the Cheetahs, as well as your hometown of Orland Park proud.

Keep up the good work, you are awesome.

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Subject: All Star Game


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Host Dad
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Date Posted: 13:55:13 07/09/02 Tue

Congratulations and good luck in Kalamazoo to All-Star James Clelland from his host family. We know you'll be a great representative of the Cheetahs and the Frontier League Wednesday night.

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Subject: Standings at 1/2 Way Point


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Date Posted: 07:38:49 07/09/02 Tue

With Tonights win over the Dragons, River City's loss to Evansville and Gateways win over Rockford, The current standings as of 7/9/02 are as follows:

DuBois 22-17
Rockford 21-18
River City 21-18
Gateway 17-21
Cook County 17-21
Evansville 17-22


Lets go Cheetahs! Good Luck to all the Cheetah All-Stars in Wednesday's All-Star Game, We'll see you in Kalamazoo. If any other fans are going to be at the game, stop by and say Hello, we'll be in section 216, Row C.

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Subject: Sundays are Family Days!!


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Debbie
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Date Posted: 06:23:35 07/07/02 Sun

Don't forget that Sundays at the Ballpark are Family Days.
Get to the Park early and don't miss the Question and Answer Session with Team Manager Dana Forsberg and General Manager Chuck Heeman before the game starts on the third base dugout. Then after the game, you can get autographs from the players.

Sunday's game is at 1PM!

Let's Go Cheetahs !!

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Subject: Steve Arch


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Patrick McKinley
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Date Posted: 23:15:41 07/01/02 Mon

I would like some to tell me how I can cntact Steve Arch. If someone has a phone number or e-mail address it would be great. I've asked Chuck Heeman and been told that he refuses to give me a number. I was hit in face with a cup of water by a Gateway player and would really like to speak with Mr. Arch before I speak to the media.

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Subject: All-Stars


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Julie
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Date Posted: 12:02:59 07/04/02 Thu

Congratulations to the newly appointed All-star players for the 2002 season.

I hear the all-star game is in kalamazoo this year, can anyone tell me how I might be able to get tickets or information on the game?

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Subject: 2002 CHEETAH ALL-STARS


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Debbie
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Date Posted: 05:00:07 07/03/02 Wed

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2002 CHEETAH ALL-STARS:

DAN FIRLIT ( SS )
JOHN SCHMITZ ( OF)
PICHI BALET ( INF )
JAMES CLELLAND ( P )
BRIAN HOUDEK ( P )

See you in Kalamazoo!!

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Subject: CHEETAHS ARE AWESOME!!


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Date Posted: 04:52:51 07/01/02 Mon

Hey everyone! I'm Rick Stegbauer's sister (#4) and I just went up to Crestwood this past week for the 3-game homestand...I was VERY impressed!! I had so much fun at the games and they were very exciting! The Cheetahs are awesome and have a lot of talented players. I want to say thanks to all the Cheetah players and staff for making my family and I feel welcome this past week it was well worth a trip all the way from Florida! Keep up the good work Cheetahs you all rock! Keep up the good work! Go Cheetahs and #4!

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Subject: Hi from Australia


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Date Posted: 12:16:16 06/20/02 Thu

We listen to all the live broadcasts on the internet via Sportsjuice. As this coverage is audio only it would be great if the commentary was more descriptive.

Come on Cheetahs - Down Under is listening too!!!

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Subject: All-Star Players?


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Harley
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Date Posted: 06:45:06 06/26/02 Wed

Any Word on who the Cheetahs have selected as their All-Star Players for this year?

Also, I saw a blurb on the Frontier League site about the Washington Wildthings broadcasting a game on Fox Sports Pittsburgh, any plans for the cheetahs to broadcast on Fox Sports Chicago?

Also saw the below on the Frontier site, since Chad is gone, will this still continue each friday morning?
The Cook County Cheetahs have announced that the team will be the featured guest every Friday, beginning May 3rd, at 10:30 a.m., on "Morning Break: Chicagoland Sports Talk” on 1240 AM WSBC and 1470 AM WCFJ. Manager Chad Epperson will be the first guest on the show which is hosted by Jon “The Coach” Cohn and Mark Carmen.

Look forward to seeing a response.

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Subject: Uniforms


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Date Posted: 09:11:38 06/21/02 Fri

So whats with the uniforms? I see a number of players out there with no elastic in the bottom of thier pants, it looks terrible, cant the Cheetahs provide thier players with a decent pair of pants to play in? This is professional baseball isnt it? Also, the jerseys, why is it that the sleeves on the jerseys all go past the players elbows? Almost every jersey looks huge on every player. This team is looking very ordinary in thier outdated and wornout uniforms.

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Subject: player status


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Oak Lawn Guy
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Date Posted: 13:37:53 06/20/02 Thu

Anyone know the status of Nideki Nagasaka? I saw last week that he was put on the "suspended" list, but the Baseball America stat sheet shows he is still officially a member of the roster.

What of the recently released players? I thought Barbarossa and Sadowski showed enough to stick around. (I know that there are sometimes behind the scenes situations we are not always in on.)

Thanks in advance for any input. See you next homestand.

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Subject: Where's the peanuts?


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John
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Date Posted: 05:04:44 06/20/02 Thu

Who ever heard of a ballgame without peanuts? There was none to be had at any of the concessions, only the ones thrown out between innings. What's the deal?

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Subject: Sundays - Family Days (Don't Miss Them)


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Date Posted: 04:10:31 06/17/02 Mon

The Cheetah's next Sunday Home game isn't until July 7th, but get your Sunday/Family Day game day tickets early and get to the Park early on Sundays for a good time for everyone.

General Manager, Chuck Heeman and Team Manager Dana Forsberg will be available before the Sunday Home games on the Home Team Dugout for Question/Answer sessions from the fans. Get your questions ready and head on out to the park on July 7th (and all Home game Sundays) before game time.

I must applaud the Cheetah staff and players on a very well organized autograph session after the game. Players lined up outside the dugout as well as sat inside the dugout to make for a smooth line of fans to be able to go thru the line and get their favorite player's autographs. Very well organized.

Next Home game June 17th, Monday at 7:05PM. Don't forget to bring your Church bulletin for $2.00 off upper deck seats.

Then two more Homestands against the Kalamazoo Kings on the 18th and 19th at 7:05PM.

GO CHEETAHS!

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Subject: Food Concessions stink this year


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Date Posted: 06:42:32 06/15/02 Sat

Whats up with the concessions this year? I've been to three games since the home opener, and I can see why attendance is slumping, in its current stage of disarray if I were to be a *first time* visitor, I don't know if I would want to make a return visit based on what I've seen my 3 times this year. A word of advice, eat before you head to the ballpark.

I Go to concessions to get a hot dog, "I'm sorry, we are out of hotdogs" but, I can buy a coke in a decent size cup. want a hamburger? you are out of luck, no hamburgers or cheeseburgers to be found anywhere this year.

Went to game on a Thirsty Thursday ($1 dogs & $1 drinks), order a coke, its in a mini-cup, order a beer, same mini-cup, I guess you pay less money, you get less beverage, go figure. Same thursday, go to get a hotdog, and once again, "I'm sorry, we are out of hotdogs". By the 6th inning they were out of hotdogs. Come on, if you know its $1 dogs, have more on hand. could it be the ballpark is setting limits on how many dogs to be sold at $1 and then telling patrons that all the dogs are gone?

Go to concessions for some peanuts, "I'm sorry, we're all out of peanuts today", OK, I'll try a pretzel, "I'm sorry, we are out of those too", you can try the other stand at the *other end* of the ballpark.

The seating areas have left a lot to be desired this year as well. Two of the three games my family and I attended, there was garbage by our seats from the night before that was never cleaned up wet napkins stuck to the seats and floor under the seats, empty popcorn boxes and food wrappers. I know we are only paying $8 a seat, nothing compared to the majors, but at least I'd like my family to sit down to a clean area, and not a garbage infested seating area that I have to clean up so that my family has a clean place to sit.

I will be at more games this year as the park is almost in my backyard, however, I do hope to see some improvements as the season goes on. So far I don't see any improvement over last years mess.

A concerned baseball fan and food critic.

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Subject: Cheetahs sweep doubleheader;6-15-02!


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Date Posted: 04:38:11 06/16/02 Sun

Thanks to a couple of nice outings from starting pitchers James Cleeland and Brian Houdek, the Cheetahs swept the doubleheader from the Canton Coyotes 1-0 (8 innings) and 6-0. (Note: In the Frontier League, when a doubleheader is scheduled, 2-seven inning games take place, rather than the customary 9 inning game). The doubleheader resulted from the rainout on Friday night, 6-14.

Game one was a close game. It seemed anytime one of the teams got something going the opposing teams pitcher snuffed out the rally. The game went extra innings and the Cheetahs pulled it out in the bottom of the 8th on Sean Bisofberger's RBI sacrifice fly, pushing across Pichi Balet from third.

The win got the Cheetahs back to the .500 mark, 7-7 on the season. Starter James Cleeland went a strong 7 inings, getting out of jams when he had to, but did not figure in the decision. Cleeland struck out 8 and walked 3 in his 7 innings of work.

Game two also featured superb pitching from the Cheetah staff. In the 6-0 Game 2 win, Brian Houdek went the distance allowing only 2 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 5, in pitching the Cheetahs to the 6-0 shutout. The Cheetah bats came alive in game 2 pounding out 10 hits. Both Dan Firlit & Pichi Balet had 3 hits and "Big John" Hambleton drove in 3 runs.

But Houdek was terrific! If Houdek & Cleeland can keep pitching the way they are(ie: be consistent each outing) buy your tickets early Cheetah fans because these guys will be the mainstays of the staff.

Manager Dana Forsberg's Cheetah squad is doing some very nice things at "The Hawk" (Hawkinson Ford Field) this season. COME OUT AND WATCH YA'ALL!!!

GM Chuck: I hope you take my suggestion seriously and put the game used cracked Cheetah bats on sale at the concession stand. Sell 'em for $10.00 with 1/2 the proceeds going to Cheetah Charities. I'll buy a few for sure!

Bring on Chillicothe!!!

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Subject: Friday - June 14th - Game Cancelled Due to Weather


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Date Posted: 02:40:19 06/15/02 Sat

The Friday, June 14th game against the Canton Coyotes was cancelled due to weather.

There will be a double header on Saturday, 6/15 at 4:00PM.

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Subject: Updates on the official web site


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Oak Lawn Guy
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Date Posted: 15:42:07 06/13/02 Thu

I've been checking the goocheetahs.com website regularly but see it has not been updated since the beginning of the season. There have been transactions that should have been posted, as well as scores. How come it's so far behind?
PS: Regardless, see you at the park Sunday.

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Subject: Game Broadcasts


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Jack's dugout
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Date Posted: 03:10:32 06/12/02 Wed


I haven't been able to pickup any game broadcasts all this
season on Sportsjuice.com. What gives?

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Subject: birthday parties


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Winnie
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Date Posted: 17:36:53 06/08/02 Sat

We are contemplating a birthday party for our son in July, has anyone done this at the park? Did your children enjoy it?

How far in advance did you need to book it and what is the limit on the number of children you can bring. We would like to do it on a day that the kids can meet and mingle with the players after the game, even if its not *on* his birthday, but nearby. What games are the players going to be onfield for autograph sessions near July 19th?

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Subject: Favorite Players


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Susan
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Date Posted: 23:10:17 06/10/02 Mon

Hi, I love the photo pages on this site.

Wondering who everyone's favorite player is, who is the cutest in your opinion? I think Mario is.

Anyone know anything about him?

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Subject: Cheetahs- 6 DuBois County -1


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Seattle
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Date Posted: 04:02:28 06/09/02 Sun

I attended my first regular season Cheetahs game of the year tonight and was thrilled at the outcome. A beautiful 6-1 victory over DuBois County.

Great offensive & defensive performance by Orland Park native & Providence alum Dan Firlit. His 2 HR's and 4 RBI's led the Cheetahs to victory. His stellar defensive play helped keep the visiting Dragon's off the board in the late innings. Also, kudos to James Cleeland on his complete game victory. He scattered 5 hits thru 9 innings and was impressive when he had to be.

Deb: What was the deal in purchasing the "baseball beads" from the youngster sitting next to me. You mean you can't get this freebee from the Cheetahs, for all the work you do on this website? (LOL!).

I was happy to learn at the end of the game that I answered the Nightly trivia question correctly to win a pair of Cheetah box seats. I plan on being back out at "the Hawk" tomorrow afternoon (1 PM) to see the Cheetahs take the series from the Dubois County Dragons, in my customary Cheetahs #10 Chico Walker (remember him fans?). Best manager in Cheetah franchise history; but if Dana Forsberg keeps this up, I might change my mind and jersey #!!

Dana Forsberg: Nice job of managing tonight. Thanks for leaving Clee in there to get the complete game victory, as well as having the bullpen ready just in case! Looking for more positives tomorrow. Keep up the good work all!

Seattle
Cheetah fan since '99

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Subject: How's Stegbauer?


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Ashley
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Date Posted: 04:24:54 06/03/02 Mon

I was just trying to get some feedback on how everyone thinks Rick Stegbauer is and his skill. What do you all think? Go Cheetahs!

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Subject: Chad leaving?


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Sparky
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Date Posted: 18:21:16 06/01/02 Sat

The rumor has it that Chad is leaving, going home to Florida because he found a job there. Not sure what job, but Florida is home so I guess I would want to work close to home as well.

Best of luck Chad.

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Subject: Opening Day


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Bill
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Date Posted: 16:07:30 05/30/02 Thu

If you missed opening day you missed the start of not only a Baseball season, but also the start of a new Managment team. Ownership has not changed but the improvements on the field and off the field are noticeable due in most part to the new GM ,Chuck Heeman. Some changes noticed just in the first game.

1) Food, not only new offerings but also a pointed upgrade
in the quality of food.

2) A staff of personel who actually SMILE when asked a question that don't run away when they see you approaching.
Plus the most apparent difference from past years, a staff that genuinely look like they are having fun not just doing a job! (Actully heard the phrase "is she live or is it Memorex" BARB #11 was everywhere)

3)In between innings giveaways and contests that actually make people in the stands want to participate! No dragged out contests.

4) And did I mention a team that actually looks BALANCED. The Cheetah players show defense, show quality pitching, and show an offense with "POP". (WELCOME BACK BRANDON,AND DANA)

But the biggest difference seen since the opening season at the ballpark is that the BUZZ in the stands is back , fans talking about the noticeable changes, very limited griping, even public officials talking about the apparent change in attitude to a more fan and community friendliness. It looks like CHEETAH baseball is on the way to a REAL on and off the field WINNING SEASON!
KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

Bill

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Subject: PLAY BALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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LC Cheetah
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Date Posted: 03:09:50 05/28/02 Tue

Was able to make it to the last exhibition game. I was surprised their weren't more people out for the free games. The between innings contests/giveaways looked great. The team looked really impressive considering as I understand it, that the team was basically giving the guys on the bubble a chance to make the team. Heard they are goning to have HomeRun -INN pizza(hope its freash and not the frozen cardboard from last year). It seems the new GM is doing a good job so far , saw him, the manager and Dana on CLTV last week, even tried to get through to ask a question to Chad. I heard at the park that there is a bus trip to an away game to Rockford? It's about time the team put togethter an away trip. Does anyone know if their is still a team in Springfield ?

See everyone opening day!!!!!!!!!!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CHEEEEEETAAAAHHHHHSSS!!!!!!!
LC Cheetah

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Subject: New Press Releases


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Debbie
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Date Posted: 00:51:11 05/21/02 Tue

If you haven't done so already, Check out the New Press Releases that the Cheetahs have just released.


2002 PRESS RELEASES


Looks like some Fun times this year at the ballpark!

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Subject: Opening Day


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Just Me
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Date Posted: 20:14:54 05/19/02 Sun

Its almost opening day, and I'm looking forward to a new season at "the hawk field".

Have been waiting all winter for those delicious Wings from Mitches with that great Ranch Sauce, and those great chicken sandwiches. My mouth has been watering all winter for those. And the kids can't wait for the Dippin Dots and running the bases.

Hope to see a good product out on the field this year, and hopefully some playoff games this year as well.

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Subject: Trades, darft question


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Oak Lawn Guy
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Date Posted: 18:04:02 05/09/02 Thu

I see the Cheetahs swung a deal with Richmond to get a solid left-handed hitting OF (Schmitz, .326, .428 OBA, 36 RBI). Part of the deal was a swap of 2002 first round draft picks.

I should know this but I don't: what is the gist of the Frontier League draft? From what pool of players are they picking? How many rounds? When is the draft held?

Anyone have information on how the tryouts went this past weekend? Like did anyone earn an invitation? There was a short piece in the Southtown on it Tuesday, that's all I read. Thanks.

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Subject: ROCKFORD ROAD TRIP 7/5/02


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Debbie
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Date Posted: 05:30:01 05/09/02 Thu

The Cook County Cheetah Charities are trying to put together a Road Trip on July 5th for the Cheetahs vs. Riverhawks in Rockford game. The Cost is still in the works, but would be around $25.00 per person and would include the Game Tickets, Lunch and a raffle for Cheetah Merchandise on the Bus. If anyone would be interested and would like to sign up, Please email me at CheetahFan@attbi.com with your name and how many people would be interested in going. We are trying to determine if there will be enough interest from fans.

Thanks

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Subject: Cheetah exhibition games- May 2002


Author:
Seattle
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Date Posted: 04:45:44 04/05/02 Fri

Will the Cheetahs be playing any exhibition games against any Frontier League teams prior to the start of the regular season?

I recall attending a Cheetahs-Springfield exhibition game, for free, a couple of seasons ago. Seeing that the Cheetahs open their season on Wed. 5-29-02, I was hoping to catch an exhibition game the Saturday or Sunday the weekend before. Any info on this?

Also, are any sports card shows planned at "the Hawk" this year? I also recall attending a card show, at the ballpark, on a Saturday afternoon before a Cheetah game a couple of summers ago. This could prove to be a good P.R. tool for the team, if re-instituted.

Looking forward to attending my usual 10-12 games again this season. Glad to see a new management team is in place. So far the job you're doing is great! A far cry from last year!!

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Subject: Fan Survey


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Debbie
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Date Posted: 03:41:17 12/07/01 Fri

I have cleared all past message board entries, and would like to ask message board readers to post their opinions on what things they think might need some improvement and what things they enjoy at the park.

Please try and keep it clean, as children do read the boards, and please don't get into personal insults.

I'm just curious what people like and what people dislike.

Before the season begins, we will start the message boards again with a clean slate. I look forward to seeing everyones opinions.

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