Sunday, August 26, 2012
MLB All-Star Mark Teixeira didn’t always wear navy blue and white—he started with orange and black.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Every Major League Baseball (MLB) fan has a home team that they root for. Even though Mark Teixeira is the first baseman of the New York Yankees, he started as a proud Baltimore Orioles fan. Patch sat down with Teixeira to find out more about his baseball heroes—and his #1 fan, who has never changed. Q. Who was your favorite player and what was your favorite team growing up? A. My favorite player was Yankee first baseman Don Mattingly. He had a sweet batting stroke and was smooth with the glove. So it’s pretty cool that I am now playing first base with the Yankees. My favorite team was the Baltimore Orioles, my hometown team. Some of my best memories as a kid were of going to O's games with my dad and watching them play on TV during …
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Patch sat down with Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira to learn how he keeps it classy on the field, win or lose.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
When life throws you a curve ball, Major League Baseball (MLB) Star, Mark Teixeira, says it's important to be a good sport. Here’s how the first-baseman keeps it classy on the field: Q. Why is good sportsmanship important? A. Good sportsmanship is important because baseball is not just about winning and losing. When you win, do it with class and don't make fun of the other team. When you lose, don't pout and make excuses. You should have fun playing, and being a good sport is a big part of that. Q. How do you make sure you always exhibit good sportsmanship? A. I think about how lucky I am to be playing Major League Baseball. It's easy for me to be a good sport because I get to play baseball for a living. There are lots of young players …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The manager and two members of the 2006 11's and 2007 12's championship teams were among the many Western Springs residents who came out to support this year's victors.
Among the many Western Springs fans who came out to support the 11-year-old Little League District team in their incredible undefeated state championship run were the manager and two members of the last Western Springs championship teams—the 2006 11's and 2007 12's—the Doings Western Springs reports. One of those members, Keith Lehmann, has continued in baseball, a member of the Lyons Township team that placed second in state this year and won the summer state championship. The other, Jake Elliot, has gone on to success in tennis and (particularly) football at LT. District team manager Bob Waunn told the newspaper that Lehmann and his father, Art, had been helping out at practices, and that the support of the veterans and the Village was …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Behind a 10-run explosion in the fifth inning, the Western Springs all-star team once again beat Jackie Robinson West, 18-8, to cap off an incredible summer season with a state title.
They will need no second game. They didn’t even need a sixth inning in this one. The Western Springs 11-year-old District team entered the bottom of the fifth against Jackie Robinson West on Wednesday night having squandered a five-run lead, scoreless the last two innings and locked in an 8-8 tie. Before the inning was over, they would be the Illinois state champions. Tearing off hit after walk after hit, the team batted 14 times and scored 10 runs in the fifth inning alone, at least one from every spot in the lineup. When catcher Owen Waunn finally laced a triple down the right-field line that scored three runs, only the first two counted—the game had already been won 18-8 by mercy rule—and the wild celebration was on. “When we were going…
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
They had to win a bottom-of-the-sixth comeback walk-off via hit-by-pitch, but the 11-year-old team has become the first Village team to advance to the state tournament since 2009.
With back-to-back victories over Naperville American—the first ending with one of the most unconventional comeback walk-offs possible—the Western Springs 11-year-old District all-star team captured the Village’s first Little League sectional title Sunday night since 2009’s 12-year-old team. Following a 13-0 mercy-rule blowout of Burbank pitched by committee, the team got in trouble quickly against Naperville American, going down 4-0 after two innings. They clawed back to 4-3 by the bottom of the sixth, coming up to bat do-or-die with the top of their order. Nick Panos and Owen Waunn drew back-to-back leadoff walks, and then went to second and third on a wild pitch, forcing Naperville American to issue Thomas Remijas an intentional walk and…
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Building on last year’s District championship as 10-year-olds, Western Springs’ 11-year-old team is breezing past opponents as they claimed the District title and more.
The Western Springs Little League 11-Year-Old District All-Star team swept Sunday’s District tournament—against teams from La Grange, La Grange Park, Lyons Township, Brookfield and Riverside—to advance to sectionals, where they also claimed a win in their first game on Friday. In the weekend’s tournament, the team first beat La Grange Park by 6-0, then won twice consecutively over old nemesis Riverside, 15-4 and 9-4. (As 10-year-olds last year, the team had to rally against Riverside to claim the district championship.) On Friday night, representing District 9 in the sectional tournament in Hinsdale, the Village boys put a 13-0 four-inning slaughter-rule hurting on Burbank. They challenge Naperville on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Hinsdale. “…