By Doug Halberstadt
Friday, April 1, was opening day for the Chicago Cubs. In celebration of the event, Walter Payton’s son Jarrett Payton was hosting his daily podcast program live at a place called The Piggery in Chicago.
Prior to the festivities, he posted this on his Facebook page: “Good morning everyone! its opening day here in Chicago! we are live from the Piggery chicago 1625 w irving park Rd.. if your headed to the Cubs game stop by and have a drink! we are giving away Cubs tix for the next 3 home game for FREE! 10am-2pm on www.chicagolandsportsradio.com i have my phone on me so the text line is open xxx-xxx-xxxx. text me about anything sports!”
I immediately sent him a little message about how I was stuck at my office here in Rockford, and as much as I would like to stop by to have a beverage and talk sports, I wouldn’t be able to do so. I wished him good luck with the show, and then more or less half jokingly said, “How about setting some of those tickets aside for us folks out here in Rockford?” I really never expected to get a response.
A few hours later, my phone buzzed. The text was from a number I didn’t recognize. The message said, “Call my show on Monday and we’ll talk some baseball and I’ll see you get those tickets.” Jarrett Payton.
As I write this column, I have yet to make the call. If I can get some free time later, perhaps I will. Not because I want the tickets; I’d get a much bigger charge out of being on his show and talking about the Cubs and Sox opening series with him.
You can listen to Payton’s show from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, at www.chicagolandsportsradio.com.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the April 6-12, 2011, issue