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Subject: Re: Disappointing End to the season

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Date Posted: 21:15:55 08/29/02 Thu
In reply to: Baseball Fan Too 's message, "Disappointing End to the season" on 19:51:57 08/29/02 Thu

Well, apparently you aren't alone, have you read Thursdays edition of The Star Newspaper's Sports section, the column by Pat Disabato? Apparently he agrees with you as well.
Its a very long article, too long to re-type here and one I could not find in the online paper articles, but if you email Pat Disabato at hintite@starnewspapers.com he might be able to send you a copy, or maybe you can still find one at the newsstands.

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Date Posted: 21:52:00 08/29/02 Thu

Fan and Fan Too:

No need to e-mail privately, this is a public forum and I'll be glad to do my best to answer your concerns.

First, let me say that I do understand your viewpoint and I think everything you've brought up is legitimate.

We could indeed have done a better job on the final day of the season - in fact, we could have done a better job throughout the season, as there is always room for improvement.

As general manager, I cannot blame anyone but myself for what happened and didn't happen, and I surely won't try to deflect that responsibility.

You ask if you can be assured that in future years, things will be done differently - I will assure you of just that, and hold myself accountable to accomplish this. This was a challenging, learning year for me and for all of us, and there is a long list of things we will do differently in 2003.

Having said that, please accept this as my apology for the things that did not go as planned in 2002. Behind the scenes, many reasons can be given for the difficulties we faced. Obviously, I won't go into those reasons here, I will only again accept full responsibility for those difficulties.

I hope that we can find the positive in 2002 - attendance was up, food was better, our on-field team was much improved - and build on that. In any season, things go wrong, and my challenge for 2003 is to identify those things and change them. Your input helps in that. However, in 2002 many, many things went right.

I did read the article in the Star this morning, and while the writer has a number of legitimate points, Mr. DiSabato gained all of his impressions from one evening of baseball, not a full season, and a number of his opinions were misinformed. As a small example, he criticized our uniforms - on Tuesday, the team chose to wear their batting practice tops. Mr. DiSabato didn't ask anyone about this, yet pointed it out as a criticism. However, his input also will go into part of our decision making for 2003.

We at the Cheetahs are glad there's a forum like this one to express both good and not-so-good opinions. As the season progresses, we tend to put our heads down in the day-to-day grind of putting on our season, and forums like this help us to see things we should, but perhaps don't.

I guess all I can do is promise to do my best in 2003 and make Hawkinson Ford Field a more fan-friendly place to be. I'm constantly made aware of the things that are wrong with the Cheetahs, and I hope you will believe me when I tell you that I am listening and will do my best to improve for the 2003 season and beyond.

Thank you again for your input.

Chuck Heeman, General Manager
Cook County Cheetahs Baseball Club

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Date Posted: 00:08:47 08/31/02 Sat

I've already renewed our Season Tickets for the 2003 season.

I have to admit I was a little disappointed that there was no Jersey Giveaway this year, but have confidence that 2003 will be a good year and things can only get bigger and better.

Hard to believe the season has come and gone so quickly, and I look forward to next season.

Instead of everyone focusing on what went wrong in 2002, how about the message board readers start a new thread with 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, maybe its something the organization can look into?

What do ya say?

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Date Posted: 08:10:21 08/31/02 Sat

I heard a rumor that whatever money the GM saves percentage wise from last year he gets back as a bonus....???

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