Major Dreams Return to the Northwest Suburbs, Part Two

As part of our coverage of the newest baseball team in town, the Schaumburg Boomers, the CCO was invited by their Director of Media Relations, Ed McCaskey, to be a part of their home opening series. Beginning play in the independent Frontier League in 2012, the Boomers started the season on the road and came […]

Major Dreams Return to the Northwest Suburbs, Part One

In covering the minor leagues, one has to keep their eyes open to get a glimpse at a player who may turn out to be the next superstar. Sometimes it can be obvious, while others surprise. But, for the most part, you keep looking in the usual places. However, there is a whole other baseball […]

Time for the Stretch

The last day of the baseball season is always filled with mixed emotions. If the team you follow has had a good year then you do not want it to end but if it’s been a bad season then chances are you are ready for it to be over. Maybe it is the kid in […]

Highlighting Double Trouble … Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney

To say the Cubs season has not gone the way the Ricketts family and Jim Hendry thought it would is an understatement, but there are two players that keep people tuning into the games … Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney. Castro and Barney have provided many of the Cubs highlights over the first 54 games. […]

A One, A Two, A Three … It’s Opening Day!

Opening Day is like no other on the calendar and the feeling felt on the first day of a baseball season is hard to explain to those that do not follow the game with the same passion as we have for our entire lives. Baseball begins as winter is coming to an end. There is […]

Greg Maddux to Host Uncork for a Cause

Greg Maddux will host Uncork for a Cause on March 24 at J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, a fundraiser to benefit the Maddux Foundation. The event will include an all-star laden silent auction and wine tasting, along with hors d’oeuvres from J&G Steakhouse. Tickets are available at

Happy Two Thousand Eleven!

Happy New from everyone at the CCO! Another year over and a new one just begun … it is hard to believe it is 2011. With the calendar turning over once again, it means a new baseball season is just around the corner. Here are a few numbers to put into perspective on just how […]

It’s Stretch Time for the CCO

No matter if you are nine or thirty-nine, the final day of the baseball season is always a sad one. After following a team day in and day out for seven months, the final out is made and then nothing. No lineups, no Pat Hughes, no first pitches, no ball fours, no home runs, no […]

Hey, Hey! It’s Opening Day!

The first pitch, the crack of the bat and the optimism felt by millions upon millions from city to city from coast to coast … it must be Opening Day. Opening Day is very special. Every team, every player and every fan receives a fresh start, a clean slate. Last season is a distant memory […]

Chicago Cubs … Storylines of the Spring and Roster

The first pitch of the Cubs’ 2010 exhibition season is less than 24 hours away. While most of the roster spots may be filled, Lou Piniella has stated in recent days his team has six open spots on the active roster … that will be decided during Spring Training. Beyond the Opening Day roster (that […]