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Word: Bears denied entry to Halas Hall

Word: Bears denied entry to Halas Hall

Thursday, April 28, 2011
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Olsen, Gould denied entry to weight room

The NFL Lockout has been officially lifted, but some Bears players who have made an effort to get back to work have been denied entry to the Halas Hall weight room. Greg Olson, Robbie Gould and Kahlil Bell were among the players who attempted to work out at Halas Hall on Thursday morning, but were disallowed from entering the weight room.

"Pretty much all you could do is walk in, walk around, and walk out," Bell said. "I didn't see any of the coaches. Just the training staff and the strength coach."

"I mean, it's been a long time, and we've never spent this much time apart," Bell said of not being able to work out with his teammates. "I was figuring everything would be cool. But I guess that's not happening." (Chicago Tribune)

NFL tells teams to lift lockout

Hours after news broke that Greg Olsen, Robbie Gould and Kahlil Bell were denied entry to the Halas Hall weight room, the NFL has told teams to begin allowing players to resume football operations on Friday morning. The league is also releasing detailed guidelines for teams to follow in regards to signing and trading players. (The Pueblo Chieftain)

Cavallari shows off ring

Kristin Cavallari, reality TV star and fiance of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, was caught wearing her new engagement ring. TMZ posted the photos on their website, which were apparently taken on Wednesday in Los Angeles. (TMZ.com)

Sox to unveil "Harrelson Level"
The Chicago White Sox will unveil a plaque commemorating the "Hawk Harrelson Broadcast Level" at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday before the Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles. Hawk is in his 26th season as the Sox television announcer, including 22 consecutive seasons. Jerry Reinsdorf and radio play-by-play announcer Ed Farmer will attend the event. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Former Gov. takes over sports facilities agency

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, who own and operate U.S. Cellular Field, terminated the contract of long time executive director Perri Irmer on Wednesday. Former Republican Gov. James Thompson will fill the position until a replacement is found. According to Thompson, this was a move that had been planned for some time and that Irmer had been working under a month-to-month agreement since she signed her last contract. (Clout Street - Chicago Tribune Blog)

Kris Bryant is ready for fatherhood '[I was] put on this earth to be a dad'

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Kris Bryant is ready for fatherhood '[I was] put on this earth to be a dad'

Suffice to say Kris Bryant is budding with anticipation for becoming a father.

Bryant and his wife, Jessica, are expecting their first child — a baby boy due in April. During Friday night’s Cubs-Padres broadcast, the third baseman shared his excitement for fatherhood with reporter Taylor McGregor

“I think this is really what I’ve been put on this Earth to do, is be a dad,” Bryant said, laughing. “Obviously I play baseball pretty good, but I’m just so excited [for] this new journey with my wife and my family. Honestly, I think this is going to be one of the best years of my life.”

Bryant’s son is due shortly after Opening Day, but the Cubs will play two spring training games in Las Vegas — Bryant’s hometown — on March 7-8. He told McGregor one of Jessica’s last doctor’s appointments is around the same time, so Bryant will get one last visit in before Baby Bryant is born.

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How Dusty Baker inspired former Cub Adam Greenberg after scary head injury

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How Dusty Baker inspired former Cub Adam Greenberg after scary head injury

Adam Greenberg’s baseball career was cut short by a scary head injury 15 years ago. But with the help of Dusty Baker, he found the motivation to transition to his post-baseball life.

Greenberg made his MLB debut with the Cubs on July 9, 2005, and Baker called upon the then 24-year-old to pinch-hit in the ninth inning against the Marlins. On the first pitch Greenberg saw in the big leagues, Marlins reliever Valerio De Los Santos hit him in the back of the head with a 92-mph fastball.

Greenberg was concussed from the incident, suffered from vertigo and vision problems, and battled depression. The Cubs released him in 2006 and he caught on with the Royals and later the Dodgers in 2007 — which is when Baker reappears in the story. From MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart:

A couple of years following the incident, in 2007, Baker got a letter from a fan requesting a baseball card be signed. In the letter, the person told Baker that Greenberg had been released by the Royals and his baseball career was in jeopardy. Baker tracked down Greenberg and left him the voice mail that served as his motivation for a post-baseball life.

“It was so genuine and from the heart,” Greenberg said. “It put me in tears the first time, but it was the motivation and inspiration I needed to get up and keep going. And since then, he’s been somebody that’s been near and dear to me."

It's unfortunate Greenberg couldn’t experience a long big-league career, but Baker inspired him and helped him move forward post-baseball. According to McTaggart, Greenberg started a nutrition company and sold it 10 years later. He also ran for state senate in Connecticut in 2019 and is currently a baseball analyst for the ACC Network.

Greenberg’s career effectively ended moments after it began, but 2005 wasn’t the last time he stepped in a big-league batters’ box. In 2012, fans started an online petition to get him one last at-bat — and his career came full circle. The Marlins signed him to a one-day contract on Oct. 2, 2012, and he pinch-hit that same day against the Mets.

Greenberg struck out on three pitches, but Baker’s voicemail left a mark on his life. Seeing him enjoy success outside of baseball is as heartwarming as it gets.