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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

CBS: Men Charged With Using Gas To Dry Baseball Field

Detectives believe Newbomb Turk was involved…

A Naperville Little League team manager and coach have dates pending in Naperville’s municipal court after being charged with using gasoline in an attempt to burn off excess water on a baseball diamond at the Nike Park Sports Complex.

...They apparently did so in an attempt to speed evaporation of water from the field following a stretch of unusually rainy weather.

A Naperville Fire Department official said Friday the effort did not have its desired effect and instead contaminated the soil in which ballplayers would be standing, running or sliding.

Repoz Posted: May 23, 2006 at 09:40 PM | 31 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: May 23, 2006 at 10:28 PM (#2033561)
Hey, a Naperville sighting!
   2. Chris in Wicker Park Posted: May 23, 2006 at 10:43 PM (#2033580)
I am pretty sure my little league coach would have done the same thing.
   3. DCW3 Posted: May 23, 2006 at 10:56 PM (#2033595)
You just need a little vitamin G.
   4. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: May 23, 2006 at 11:09 PM (#2033613)
Naperville Park District Police Chief John Schuetz confirmed Monday that citations were issued to Mark Van Cleave, 47, of Cress Creek Commons, and Edward Howe, 65, of Villa Park.

CBS Chicago reporter Randal was unable to discern which of them was the biggest idiot ever.
   5. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: May 23, 2006 at 11:22 PM (#2033650)
Authorities believe meatwad was involved.
   6. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: May 23, 2006 at 11:44 PM (#2033715)
#4 is RDF.
   7. Gaylord Perry the Platypus (oi!) Posted: May 24, 2006 at 01:44 AM (#2034200)
(rb) Brian Mccann's #1 fan. Posted: May 23, 2006 at 07:22 PM (#2033650)
Authorities believe meatwad was involved.

If not, he sure would have liked to be.
   8. CFiJ Posted: May 24, 2006 at 03:20 AM (#2034637)
Say, I was born in Naperville.

Good thing we got out when I was an infant, though. Apparently the people are as dumb as rocks. Or dumber.

Wasn't there some sort of Naperville story regarding Mark Prior?
   9. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: May 24, 2006 at 03:49 AM (#2034765)
Bases loaded, the sosa special. Bobby's gotta have a quicker trigger.
   10. TFTIO is Lounging from the flat one Posted: May 24, 2006 at 03:59 AM (#2034813)
More importantly, the New Bomb Turks make an intro!
   11. TerpNats Posted: May 24, 2006 at 04:03 AM (#2034830)
Naperville, hometown of Ford Frick Award winner Harry Kalas. And if someone had dropped a match, that field would be...outtahere!
   12. McCoy Posted: May 24, 2006 at 04:50 AM (#2035063)
Napervillians may be dumb as rocks but those are gold rocks. I actually used to live about a mile from the park, and the Mark Prior thing happend at the store Just Ducky Too which my sisters works at and was their that day following Prior's wife around and bagging everything up she desired

Little trivia for you, Nike park isn't called Nike Park because the shoe company paid them money to name it after their company. Any guess on why it is named Nike Park?



It's called Nike Park because that is where they housed the Nike Missiles used to protect the Chicago area. AT one point you could even get access to the silos but no more.
   13. McCoy Posted: May 24, 2006 at 04:54 AM (#2035067)
Oh and former CBS anchorwoman Paula Zahn went to school in Naperville, my uncle dated her sister briefly. Oh and to continue the name dropping Jim Belushi got married in my grandfathers restaurant
   14. McCoy Posted: May 24, 2006 at 04:55 AM (#2035068)
No sorry it was John Belushi who got married at my grandfathers restaurant.
   15. CFiJ Posted: May 24, 2006 at 07:21 AM (#2035100)
The Belushi brothers often came to the restaurant where my old next door neighbor worked in Wheaton. It was the basis for the cheeseburger sketch, I hear tell.
   16. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: May 24, 2006 at 12:29 PM (#2035140)
The Belushi brothers often came to the restaurant where my old next door neighbor worked in Wheaton. It was the basis for the cheeseburger sketch, I hear tell.

Unless "that restaurant" was The Billy Goat on Lower Wacker Dr. in Chicago, you can disbelieve him.
   17. jwb Posted: May 24, 2006 at 12:55 PM (#2035153)
It's called Nike Park because that is where they housed the Nike Missiles used to protect the Chicago area.

We have one of those here in Homewood, too. It really pissed me off when the army decommissioned it because one the reasons I moved here was I wanted to live in a neighborhood with superior firepower.
   18. Styles P. Deadball Posted: May 24, 2006 at 01:34 PM (#2035171)
Lighting the field is actually a technique that was used decades ago to dry fields. I ran across it in some book about the dead ball era just a couple of weeks ago. I've even seen it done. The first all-star tournament in which I played as a kid, I walked up and saw the field on fire.

Didn't work at all. The game was rained out. Perhaps, though, gasoline would have been the best solution for the uniforms we wore.

By the way, those of you disapraging Naperville can expect midnight visits from irate soccer moms who will erase your existence for suggesting that their town is not the most perfect place on Earth.
   19. KDub's CellPiece (BLtDH) Posted: May 24, 2006 at 02:18 PM (#2035203)
I went to school and used to live in Naperville...I hate that place. The town's residents think it's the greatest place on earth and question the sanity of those that wonder why they live there. I don't like Naperville.
   20. KDub's CellPiece (BLtDH) Posted: May 24, 2006 at 02:20 PM (#2035205)
We have one of those here in Homewood, too.

I once hit two home runs in a college summer league game at HF. One of my fondest memories.
   21. Hack Wilson Posted: May 24, 2006 at 02:40 PM (#2035218)
When my town, Vernon Hills, developed a former Nike site into a sports complex and suggested naming it "Nike," the shoe company said "that the idea raises serious trade mark issues."

I think the naming rights should be sold on E-Bay.

Rustoleum Stadium is near the complex.
   22. Shiny Beast Posted: May 24, 2006 at 02:44 PM (#2035219)
Lighting the field is actually a technique that was used decades ago to dry fields. I ran across it in some book about the dead ball era just a couple of weeks ago. I've even seen it done. The first all-star tournament in which I played as a kid, I walked up and saw the field on fire.

Didn't work at all.



I laughed when I saw the article, because my Little League tried this once, too. I don't think they were trying to dry the field, though.

IIRC, a bunch of the dads (including my own) got together one Saturday prior to the season to start getting the "major league" field back into shape. Over the offseason, grass from the outfield had encroached on the 'skin' part of the infield, and needed to be removed. The obvious thing to do would have been to grab some rakes and hoes and have at it; but perhaps to save exertion (and get to the cooler of iced-down brewskies quicker), someone decided it would be a good idea to burn the grass off. So they dumped gallons of ethyl all over the infield dirt and lit it up.

Unfortunately, it hadn't rained much recently, I guess; and the natural slope of the field caused the apparently excessive amount of gasoline they poured on the infield to roll out into the short outfield, Texas-Leaguer territory, and start the outfield grass on fire.

It got to be a conflagration pretty quickly, and someone went to find a phone to call the fire department. While they were waiting, my dad said the rest of them just sort of stood there drinking beer and watching 3/4 of the outfield go up in flames.

I didn't get to see the fire, I am sorry to say. But I was the CF on my team that year, and played the entire season on burnt stubble.
   23. TerpNats Posted: May 24, 2006 at 03:05 PM (#2035231)
Oh and former CBS anchorwoman Paula Zahn went to school in Naperville, my uncle dated her sister briefly.

And if her pitiful ratings don't improve (O'Reilly and now Keith Olbermann are cleaning her clock at 8 p.m. ET), the leggy, lovely Paula will soon be a former CNN anchorwoman.
   24. Charles S., looking 4 band-aids instead of dreams Posted: May 24, 2006 at 03:08 PM (#2035238)
I have a hunch we're stumbling onto a whole new category for the Darwin Awards.
   25. McCoy Posted: May 24, 2006 at 05:04 PM (#2035345)
Also Jerry Hairston Jr went to high school at Naperville North at the same time I was going to Naperville Central and ended up fulfilling my dream, playing second base for the Cubs. Of course he actually worked torward that goal, well at least the major league part, who knows about the Cubs. While I did nothing but eat pizzas and drink beer.
   26. jmac66 Posted: May 24, 2006 at 05:11 PM (#2035350)
we used kerosene
   27. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: May 24, 2006 at 05:19 PM (#2035359)
When I was a delivery driver for a home & garden store, I remember Naperville having a ton of drainage problems across the whole town. Giant houses built way too close to each other, an overabundance of shopping plazas and even bigger parking lots. Just a lot of concrete everywhere.
   28. Kris Posted: May 24, 2006 at 05:38 PM (#2035380)
Hey my office is probably the one that disposed of most if not all of thoses Nike sites though I think Army may have done some on their own. Most have been gone for a while though. One funny story, those Nike sites often had line of sight easements that forbid building anything on some neighboring properties to insure a clear path for the missile to take off. Well I believe a site in or near Homewood was disposed of, but the easement was forgotten about. The years went by, some homes went up, and one day someone noticed that those houses were in the line of sight. We could have been bastards, but I think we released the easement for a small amount of money.
   29. McCoy Posted: May 24, 2006 at 05:45 PM (#2035394)
Yeah because why would we want the people to hate beauracracy anymore then they do already?
   30. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: May 24, 2006 at 06:44 PM (#2035468)
I'm going to assume that the guys who did it were named Wayne and Garth.

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