Peoria Chiefs to Auction Off Senate Seats in 2009

In keeping with the ongoing story of the Chicago political scene, the Peoria Chiefs (A) have decided to auction off "Senate Seats" this season.

Just as the United States Senate Seat vacated by President-Elect Barack Obama is viewed as the best opening in the Senate, the “Senate Seats” will be the two best seats in the house for Chiefs games.

The seats, which are located in the second row of section 108, are directly behind home plate and protected by the screen sell for $10 per game. They will be available via auction on the Chiefs website at beginning February 1. The auctions will end 24 hours prior to each home game and begin at $20. All proceeds from the “Senate Seat Auctions” will go into a pot which will be distributed at the end the season among various local charities.

“These are the two best seats in the house and a great location to experience the on-field entertainment and watch Peoria Chiefs baseball,” said Chiefs President Rocky Vonachen. “The open senate seat in Illinois is very popular and has caused quite a stir locally. We hope that our two Chiefs “Senate seats” create the same water cooler talk and allow us to help some local charities in the process.”


Might I suggest another charity event where anyone who wants to can "Pay to Play"?

That would be nice. It reminds me of something Jim Bouton said in Ball Four. He mentioned that he thought each team should let one fan play out of the stands each game.

Yeah, just like baseball fantasy camp, which, I know, some clubs do just before spring training. I have a friend who does the Rockies fantasy camp every year. They play with a few real players, and a bunch of other fantasy guys... The "pay to play" premise would be especially appropriate for Peoria, though...

I just hope that they make all the people who win the auctions wear Blagojevich wigs for the whole game.

In unrelated news, my wife has me going to Randy Hundley's fantasy camp this year. Probably the best Christmas present ever. If anybody else on this board is going let me know.


Please share your stories when you come back.

Hope you have fun.

Lucky you! Always wanted to go.

I'd be interested in your take on Hundley.

Listening to his rare color broadcasts, he seems articulate, knowledgeable, and a bit of a hard ass.

He sounds like he'd be good substrate for managing. Maybe ask him why he stayed out of it?

Do you think his son will stop by? He can show everyone how to take steroids and still suck.

Off topic and re-posted from the other thread --

Taken from MLBTradeRumors:

Per Joel Sherman, the Yankees -- "He says they'll now attempt to trade one of Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Xavier Nady, and Nick Swisher."

Awesome news. Nady? Swisher? Matsui? Suddenly, a whole new market for OF opens up.

Buster Olney column about Teix fallout:

Lower in the column, Doug Melvin talks about inequity in the draft compensation system and then tips his hand a little, saying the Brewers had been thinking about Juan Cruz but now might not because Cruz is Type A and Mke's CC pick is probably going to fall in the 60-something pick area of the draft.

Does Cincy have the payroll to add Manny? Seems like they could probably clear a little space more space (Arroyo?) and fit him in. Besides the Dodgers, who already have four starting outfielders, all the other teams you would think would want him, Angels, Yanks, Mets have intimated their not interested.

" Gathright can play RF and be a pesky leadoff hitter -- assuming he can learn to take a pitch or two. Seriously, why am I NOT the Cubs GM?" --Brad, Twin Cities, Minn.

What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Can someone please explain to me why the Cubs seem so hot on Bradley instead of Abreu? Everything I read says the Cubs are going after Bradley, but have not expressed any interest in Abreu. What upside does Bradley have over Abreu? What am I missing here?

bradley has the tools (when healthy) to play CF/RF/LF...abreu can play RF/LF and his arm is on a noticeable decline.

no idea the "real" reason abreu isn't being looked at by the cubs, though.

Both of Gathright's arms were effed up last year. Hendry signed him with a lot of enthusiasm.

Bad arms don't stop the Cubs. Need I elaborate?

i think you might be missing the point of gathright's role on the team...and 800K vs. 10+million.

Age, personality, one player on the upswing one player in decline.

my reasoning is bradley comes at a cheaper price

then again maybe cubs are waiting for abreu market

to come down before jumping in, i would think

abreu would like to play for cubs wonder if a

2 year contarct for 25 million would work say

11 million then 14 million in 2nd year

I hope you are right because I am not a real fan of Bradley. Abreu is a much better player and I would rather have him in a Cubs uniform than Bradley.

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  • I know, man. What a season. 3rd best record in all of baseball, good enough to have won any division other than the one there in.

    With a win tomorrow, the Cubs will match their 2008 record. Bad omen, I know. If they do win, the most recent year in which the Cubs will have won more games would be 1945 (98-56), the last time they went to the World Series.

    I'll take that omen instead...

  • "oh yeah, and get the fuck off my lawn. :D"

    Ok, now that was funny. :)

  • KB 0-5 with 8 LOB. Really? He is torturing me with 99 RBI. He is also a very different hitter at home vs. road. I suspect most young hitters are.

  • Greinke still in for the 8th. 3 up, 3 down. After 8. 108 pitches, ERA still at 1.66 according to mlb boxscore and he's in line for a 19th win.

  • Greinke 95 pitches through 7. Gives up one run (solo HR to Hedges). ERA at 1.66. Doubt that they will let him give up 5 runs in the 8th.

    Dodgers ahead 2-1.

  • 96 wins with one game to go. Who woulda thunk it.

    Cubs 96 wins have clinched a better record than any AL team and the NL West/East division winners too.

  • cubs win, pirates lose...

  • the curse is now yours.

  • cog a HR away from the cycle after a single in the 6th.

  • Hendricks: 15 up, 15 down.

  • he strongly separates his post-playing career from his playing career, though he loves to visit the barrier of player and fan. many ex-players don't put up this barrier.

    he's not interested in going back to the clubhouse or pretty much anything field/game related, but he'll grab a ticket and observe with the fans and visit ex players on "neutral" ground. he's written 3 pieces for the new yorker and other pieces elsewhere. i remember one photo/bio piece he did, but don't remember where i read it (years ago).

  • ?
    I find your comments rather obtuse. He recognized he didn't want to pursue baseball anymore and went back to school to learn how to become a better writer - opening up a new chapter in his life.

    I don't know where you find a "sad disconnection" because he is writing about his experiences? He pursued a ball career for a long time so no doubt there is some meloncholy in his tone, but I just don't know what the fuck you are talking about.

  • he has an almost sad disconnection from the game based on his writings. even though he's "been there" (no matter how much of a minor role) he doesn't seem to feel like he belongs or deserves to belong in the boy's club.

    he seems to go to great lengths to enjoy the game from an arm's length while occasionally getting close enough for a high-5 from those who affirm him that he belongs.

  • I read that guy's article about why he quit baseball and it was really well done too. In terms of Rizzo, I have seen multiple references to how this is Rizzo's team just as much as Madden's and it makes that pick up that much better that we have someone that is not only a great player but a leader and all around great guy (been reading about all the charity work he does too). There is really nothing not to like about Rizzo.

  • Nice article on Rizzo

    Written by ex teammate

  • JD concurred with Ariettas second at bat