Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.
DES PLAINES | The walls of the office of the Chicago Rush president and general manager are decorated with the celebrations of Gary baseball championships.
Chicago Rush trophies and memorabilia are on display at the team's Des Plaines office.
Chicago Rush president and general manager Roger Wexelberg, of Valparaiso, works in his office in Des Plaines.
Chicago Rush president and general manager Roger Wexelberg, of Valparaiso, is in his first season with the team. He was hired by the league to head the franchise while a new ownership group is found for the Rush.
Chicago Rush president and general manager Roger Wexelberg, of Valparaiso, poses for a photo in the team's locker room at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
Chicago Rush president and general manager Roger Wexelberg, of Valparaiso, took over the position in December after a career that includes time in the front office of mostly baseball teams.
Times business development manager and former RailCats general manager Roger Wexelberg will be the newest president and general manager of the Chicago Rush, beginning Monday.
When we officially announced Greg Tagert as our manager in January 2005, our realistic expectations were for him to take the team to the .500 level.
With our dismal 2003 record, 36-54, behind us, manager, Garry Templeton, signed several players we thought would lead a turnaround, but three weeks into the new season we were owners of a league record 14-game losing streak.
The off-season after 2002 was eventful. Manager Joe Calfapietra took another job closer to his home, and I hired former MLB All-Star Garry Templeton to replace him.
For the 2002 season, the RailCats took a unique ride, playing every game on the road. We held our first spring training at Indiana University Northwest and Valparaiso University and the first day was rained out, which became a precursor for the rest of spring training.
As 2002 started, I was excited to go full blast towards getting the RailCats off the ground.
In March 2001, my wife and I sat in our car looking at a cleared patch of land with a few dilapidated houses left standing in downtown Gary. This was the site of a proposed baseball stadium that was to bring America's pastime to Gary.
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