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ChiSoxKid
03-27-2003, 04:53 PM
I am not sure if this has been discussed around here, but I heard someone talking this up on the Score last night and it sounded fun.

http://www.jackhammerbaseball.com/news.asp?id=312

Sounds like a good group of former Sox and Cubs players scheduled to play, some of whom are llisted here:

Sox: Jack McDowell
DonnPall
Bobby Thigpen
Greg Luzinski
Scott Fletcher
Tim Raines
Dan Pasqua

Cubs: Lee Smith
Fergie Jenkins
Dave Kingman
Bob Dernier
others...

Just sounds cool...anyone ever been out there for a game?

FarmerAndy
03-27-2003, 05:59 PM
Originally posted by ChiSoxKid
Just sounds cool...anyone ever been out there for a game?

I've been to a couple of games out there. They did a nice job with that park, I really like it. Believe it or not, there's actually a few things to do there in downtown Joliet after the games. There's a couple of bars and Harrah's Casino both in walking distance. It's pretty easy to get in and out of town too.

Brian26
03-27-2003, 08:37 PM
Originally posted by FarmerAndy
Believe it or not, there's actually a few things to do there in downtown Joliet after the games. There's a couple of bars and Harrah's Casino both in walking distance. It's pretty easy to get in and out of town too.

Which is nice, since most of the time you'll be trying to speed away from some crack whore or street gang running after your car.

In all seriousness, I'd rather spend money at the major league park and support a real team. Most of those old Sox guys rule, but I'll never pay money to watch Dave Kingman play.

TornLabrum
03-27-2003, 09:03 PM
Originally posted by Brian26
Which is nice, since most of the time you'll be trying to speed away from some crack whore or street gang running after your car.

In all seriousness, I'd rather spend money at the major league park and support a real team. Most of those old Sox guys rule, but I'll never pay money to watch Dave Kingman play.

I believe there IS a real game to follow the legends game. Unfortunately, I purchased tickets for a KC Cougars game before I knew about this game.

I have a 5-game mini-package for the Jackhammers. About the only complaint I have is that there is no parking adjacent to the ball park, but it's just a short walk from the courthouse or Union Station where there is lots of parking.

BTW, it is the kind of remarks you made about Joliet that when made about the neighborhood around Comiskey Park make Sox Fans just a tad upset. Perhaps we should think before we speak.

Naaaaaah!

hsnterprize
03-28-2003, 09:47 AM
I'm living near Silver Cross Field (home of the JackHammers), and it's a pretty nice place. The exterior facades look really nice...I like the brick facing around the main entrance of the stadium. It's built in the center of downtown Joliet (the area is known as City Center), with Harrah's and the Rialto Square Theater within walking distance to the park. Like another poster said, there isn't parking right next to the ballpark, but there are parking lots to a nearby Metra station, and other public lots that people can use.

The ballpark is pretty nice. You can see pictures of the place by clicking here. (http://www.jackhammerbaseball.com/stadium.html)

You can also take the Metra train to Joliet (Rock Island District), and it'll literally drop you off within a block of the stadium. There is another train, the Metra Heritage Corridor train, that runs sort-of express from Chicago to Joliet, but it only runs 3 times a day Monday through Friday, and it doesn't run on weekends at all.

Brian26
03-28-2003, 12:27 PM
Originally posted by TornLabrum
Perhaps we should think before we speak.

Naaaaaah!


I grew up down there. I know what it's like. Collins Street is a lot different than Bridgeport. No offense directed at you, though. I know you live down there. Glad to hear the area is changing.

No offense to minor league baseball either. I'm more of a proponent of minor league teams in smaller towns distant of a major metropolitan area. All baseball is good. I rather see people support the Sox if they live within striking distance of Comiskey. I rather see minor league teams in Peoria, Rockford, Quad Cities, etc than in the Chicago burbs.

Just my opinion.

ChiSoxKid
03-28-2003, 01:17 PM
Originally posted by TornLabrum
I believe there IS a real game to follow the legends game.


According to the JackHammers rep who I heard on the Score, this Legends game is not followed by JackHammers baseball that night. The Legends game is scheduled for 7 innings, and he made a point to say that it would not be one of those silly 3 inning gimicks before a real game.

Instead it is a free-standing 7 inning gimmick. I might just check it out.

TornLabrum
03-28-2003, 01:31 PM
Originally posted by Brian26
I grew up down there. I know what it's like. Collins Street is a lot different than Bridgeport. No offense directed at you, though. I know you live down there. Glad to hear the area is changing.

No offense to minor league baseball either. I'm more of a proponent of minor league teams in smaller towns distant of a major metropolitan area. All baseball is good. I rather see people support the Sox if they live within striking distance of Comiskey. I rather see minor league teams in Peoria, Rockford, Quad Cities, etc than in the Chicago burbs.

Just my opinion.

Two quick comments. The ballpark isn't on Collins St. It's right next to Union Station, the courthouse, etc. A little bit different.

Second, I like to travel around to see minor league games, too, but it's nice having them a short drive away, too.

Brian26
03-28-2003, 03:43 PM
Still, Collins Street is within walking distance of downtown Joliet. Isn't it just a hop-skip-and-a-jump over the river?

Just don't support the minor league team on Addison Street.