Parting is such sweet sorrow, the veteran baseball scribe William Shakespeare once wrote. Or something like that. Maybe it was a line from his “Romeo and Juliet.” Anyway, Chicago Cubs fans’ love affair would appear to have ended with right-hander Ryan Dempster’s trade Tuesday to the Texas Rangers.
Rangers fans may find becoming enamored of Dempster after his debut Thursday (Aug. 2). He gave up eight runs, nine hits (six for extra bases) and walked three in 4 2/3 innings. The Rangers did win 15-9. On the bright side for Dempster, he’s playing on a team that does provide run support.
“For me the pressure is always the same,” he said after the game. “You’re going to try to go out there and make pitches regardless of what the situation is. It really is that simple. You have to make pitches when you need to. Today I didn’t do a very good job of that, but the guys bailed me out and scored a bunch of runs and we won the game.”
Speaking of departing from Chicago, Thursday night was the last time Sarah Kustok served as an anchor for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
She is moving to New York, whee she will be working for YES Network and covering the Brooklyn Nets and New York Yankees. Sarah enjoyed a rapid rise at CSN on her way to the top of the broascasting profession. Chicago viewers will be able to say, “I remember when she first started out.”
Your humble correspondent had the pleasure of being in her presence numerous times. Always a pleasure to be around. The last time was at the Wood Family Foundation bowling event last month, where she demonstrated her significant skills on the lanes. She demonstrated her wonderful warmth with a hug and convivial conversation. Always a pleasure to be around (or did I just write that?).
Her talent, personality and charm will be missed. All the best to her. She is working the White Sox game Friday in her final labor for CSN. Here she is saying goodbye to Chicago (after she provides an update on Thursday’s activities):
Speaking of lovely ladies, this space said Wednesday it would make an effort to provide photos of some of the participants in Galmourcon to be held Saturday and Sunday in Rosemont, Ill.
A bevvy of beauties will be on hand at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare. Included is Shelby Chesnes, Playboy Playmate for July 2012.
For information the show (which has little to do with sports, but that is no reason not to include it on this site), you can click on here. As this space mentioned Thursday, also attending is Beth Williams, Playboy Playmate for August. They will be part of a special session for people with cameras and money to spend on taking photos of them and another Playmate, Jessa Hinton.
If things go according to plan (which they actually do from time to time), Saturday’s space here will contain an image and/or video of the aforementioned Jessa — as well as possibly others.
Someone who made an impact last season in New York but has moved on — Jeremy Lin. who departed the Knicks via free agency for the Houston Rockets — has a new YouTube video out that chronicles some of his offseason:
Speaking of folks moving around in the wonderful world of television, comedian Frank Caliendo tweeted: To all my fans who’ve ben asking-I wont be back atFOX this season.I love those guys,but its time 4 my next venture .
Caliendo is the man who provided wonderful impersonations of folks ranging from John Madden to Jay Leno Charles Barkley and beyond. His presence on Fox’s NFL pregame show was the main reason to watch for some of us. Another tremendous talent (and, no, I never have had the chance to hug him).
Elsewhere in the convergence of media and twitter, CBS’s Bonnie Bernstein tweeted: Ryan Lochte’s mom, in an intrvw w Today Show, said her son only has time for 1-night stands. Which I’m sure her son appreciated.
Speaking of sex, here is the latest edition of “Sex House,” the Onion-created satirical look at reality shows (and featuring Ashley Lobo, a longtime favorite around here and elsewhere since her days as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew), Ashley portrays Tara, for those of you scoring at home and/or elsewhere:
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