A Season to Remember by Rich Trout (to the rhythm of “Casey at the Bat”)

A Season to Remember       by  Rich Trout          (to the rhythm of “Casey at the Bat”)

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Cubs since nineteen-eight;

    To win another Series would be a long long wait.

They played for all the marbles five more times through ’45;  

    We all know the outcome, somehow the dream is still alive.

 

When their hopes were dashed in ’84 – and again in twenty-o-three;

    A “curse” (some wrote) was at the core – of their dire destiny.

But hope still sprang eternal – within each die-hard fan;

    “We just need a couple breaks and a well thought long-term-plan.”

 

It started when the team was sold – to the Ricketts family;

    They knew a fresh front office – would be a vital key.

Enter Theo Epstein – who ended Boston’s so called “hex;”.

    He hired baseball people, the brightest and the best.

 

They drafted players wisely, used free agency and the trade;

    It soon became quite obvious, the right moves had been made.

In two-thousand-fifteen, they served notice to the rest

    That the Chicago Cubs – were now among the best.

 

While that season was fantastic, it came down to just one game;

    They had to win in Pittsburgh – the Wild Card spot to claim.

Without a second thought, Joe gave Big Jake the ball;

    That October seventh victory – was the sweetest one of all.

 

Securely in the playoffs, they were not yet satisfied;

    They’d have to beat St. Louis – to rate as bonafide.

When the dust had settled – and – to the wonderment of all;

    The Cubs had won the round and tore the cover off the ball.

 

That season whet their appetites; they set their sights much higher;

    The twenty-sixteen Cubbies – would light the league on fire.

It started with great pitching: Jake, Jason, and two Johns,

    Plus Kyle, “The Professor,”  who allowed the fewest runs.

 

Of course you need fine catchers – to call the game and catch each toss;

    And we had a trio of good ones – including “grandpa” David Ross.

Joe Maddon kept things loose and fresh, his style to them appealed;

    He placed his guys in many spots, like Travis in left field.

 

Add to that great hitting – from the left and from the right;

    Led by the “Bry-zzo Brothers” – that Rawlings ball took flight.

Fowler set the table – and was the admitted catalyst;

    All three were NL all stars, as were Russell and Zobrist.

 

The relief corps proved invaluable, and our defense was just great.

    Gold Gloves could be awarded, in this case, I’d say eight.

And the bench we had was awesome; they could start for any team;

    We had “Soler power” in left, and Javi Baez up the seam.

   

From opening day out West – until the magic number “zero;”

    They piled up the victories . . .each day another hero.

Like the Montero walk off win – the sixteenth of September

    In another come-back game the fans will long remember.

 

This team has been a joy; they play with confidence and pride.

    They put Chicago on their back and took it for a ride.

For those who watched and listened, we thank the broadcast team;

    Pat and Ron, JD and Len – they all shared the dream.

 

As we go into October soon, we can only speculate;

    Could this will be the year which ends that long, long wait?

But let me share a secret, friends: I do have a crystal ball;

    And if the vision I saw comes true, the Cubs will win it all!

 

I saw a celebration – such as Chicago has never seen;

    It stretched from north of Wrigleyville to the Millennium “Bean.”

And I heard a chorus of angels – sing the anthem, “Go, Cubs, Go;”

    It was the voice of Brickhouse, Banks, Caray, and Santo.

 

Oh, all across Chicago-land, the sun was shining bright;

    The band was playing everywhere; children’s hearts were light.

What an awesome ending – for baseball’s longest suffering team,

    The ghost of seasons past did fade – on “Wrigley’s Field of Dreams.”

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Spring Baseball starting April 18th

Summer Camp starting June 8th

Camp dates: Monday through Thursday starting in June, 2015

Camp time: 9am-2pm

Location: Oz Park – 2021 N Burling Street, Chicago, IL 60614

Ages: 5 & up

$200 PER WEEK Half Days 9am-Noon  OR $250 PER WEEK Full Days 9am-2pm

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Coaching Sports 101

Great Day
 

Coach Trout would like to coach your child in a private sports program that will cover various sports activities.

This program can be tailored to your desired sport, but as a former professional athlete Steve knows the value of learning all the basic sports.  Teaching sports is what Steve loves to do,from his baseball career to advanced knowledge in Tennis, Golf, Basketball, Marital arts and over all fitness, Steve would like to teach you his coaching.

There is a minimum of 2 hour, however you can book as many hours as you would like.   

For booking, please contact us: info@troutbaseballacademy.com or (219) 218-1679

Thank you for stopping by!

 

Pitch and Hit Baseball Banquet

NEWS:

Pitch and Hit Baseball Banquet on Janurary 27th at Tinley Park Convention Center will honor the Jackie Robinson baseball team with the Dizzy Trout award.

Register now for 2015 camps!

Trout Baseball Academy is a weekly camp teaching baseball. The program offers your child professional baseball instruction in a fun and energetic style. Each week we work on baseball skills & lessons, while having fun playing baseball and sports.

Sign-up for summer 2015 baseball camps at Oz Park and additional Lincoln park location starting now.  Book early to get your spot.  Limited space available.

Camp dates: Monday through Thursday starting in June, 2015
Camp time: 9am-2pm
Location: Oz Park – 2021 N Burling Street, Chicago, IL 60614

Ages: 3 & up
Cost: $200 per week
Camper-to-coach ratio: 7-1

 

Trout Baseball Academy 2014

Steve Trout and the Chicago Park District would like to thank Rick Renteria the manager of the Chicago Cubs and former Golden Glove winner Bobby Dernier for coming out to Trout Baseball Academy and giving clinics and lessons on baseball.  Every year Steve has former Major League players come and give clinics at his camps.  Check web site for next years summer camps.

 

Cubs Insider Exclusive Interview With Former Cub Steve Trout Pt 2: The Shock and the Future

Heading into the 1985 season, following a bitter, dumbfounding, heartbreaking loss to San Diego in the ’84 playoffs, the Cubs were picked by many, not just in Chicago, as the team to beat. Eckerlsey, Sutcliffe, Sanderson and Trout provided a rotation that was simply hard to beat, and the Cubs opened the season with a healthy 35-19 record by mid-June.

Then. It. Happened.

It was like some sort of disease,” said Steve Trout.

The disease had a virtual domino effect on that rotation, as one by one, the pitchers went down to injury. And with the injuries came a slide that can only be described as quintessential Cubs, as the Men in Blue went on a 13-game slide.

For many Cubs fans, the 1985 season may not have been as bitter a pill to swallow as the quick crash-and-burn of 1984, but for many, Trout included, it was slow-motion euthanasia, each game one more drop of death solution hitting that clear plastic bag connected to the needle in your arm.

“We were heartbroken, because we thought we were going to repeat it and that we had a better team than in 84. That hurt.”

Read the full article here:

http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-insider/2014/08/cubs-insider-exclusive-interview-with-former-cub-steve-trout-part-2-the-shock-and-the-future/

Interview: Former Cub Steve Trout (A Very Big Fish)

Editor’s note: Following my interview with Steve Trout, I felt the best approach to this article–this being part one of two–was in the spirit of Steve telling you his story. It would be lazy to make this a typical Q&A. Everything you will read in the following, minus a few stats here and there, are Trout. I hope you will enjoy getting to know Steve, just as I did during our interview. Between this article and part two, which I know you will like more than the first installment, you will get the sense of not just a major league ball player but a great person.

Read the full article here:

http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-insider/2014/07/cubs-insider-exclusive-interview-former-cub-steve-trout-a-very-big-fish/

Camp ends with a Cubs game!

At the end of our summer camp, we will take a trip to a Chicago Cubs game together.

Trout Baseball Academy is a weekly camp teaching baseball.

The program offers your child professional baseball instruction in a fun and energetic style. Each week we work on baseball skills & lessons, while having fun playing baseball and sports.

Camp dates: Monday through Thursday starting in June
Camp time: 9am-1pm
Location: Hamlin Park – 3035 N. Hoyne
Ages: 5 & up
Cost: $200 per week

Contact us:
srt33fastball@aol.com
(219) 218-1679

Thank you for stopping by!

The Mission of Trout Baseball Academy

Trout Baseball Academy LLC is preparing for an exciting summer baseball camp in Lincoln Park for boys and girls. TBA was created to provide baseball at its highest level with a professional coach operated by former Cubs/Sox pitcher Steve Trout. TBA offers a fun and competitive format in developing skills. TBA has been involved in various camps around Chicagoland and is happy to be part of the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Youth baseball, softball and T-ball teams have become very popular in recent years. Our primary goal at TBA is to provide professional training with fundamental of batting, fielding and pitching.

 

Our Mission

Trout Baseball Academy wants to teach not only baseball but also character building and the value of giving it your best effort on and off the field is what matters the most.

 

Summer Academies

Starting this summer, we invite you to join our team & be a part of the fun. The camp starts first Monday every June and continues through the last Thursday of every August. We play ball Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 1PM at Hamlin Park. We are planning to open a second camp next year at another location to be announced. Every week we will have activities that allow the kids to win autographed items and during the summer we will see a Cubs game for free.

 

Private Instruction

One-on-one training with Steve can help shape the skills that group participation might not be able to. Private and one-on-one sessions are tailor made to your preference. Steve also will teach the basic 101 of sports to your child for a more rounded sports program.

 

Academies

Summer camps start in June and end in August. We locate our camps in the Lincoln Park area that will provide players with an experience that is safe, fun and challenging. Camp activities include daily exercise, agility and fundamentals; all aspects of baseball and sports. Camps will be from 9AM to 1PM.

 

Sign Up

Trout Baseball Academy is a weekly camp teaching baseball. The program offers your child professional baseball instruction in a fun and energetic style. Each week we work on baseball skills & lessons, while having fun playing baseball and sports.

Online registration coming soon!

Trout Baseball Academy is a weekly camp teaching baseball.

The program offers your child professional baseball instruction in a fun and energetic style. Each week we work on baseball skills & lessons, while having fun playing baseball and sports.

Camp dates: Monday through Thursday starting in June
Camp time: 9am-1pm
Location: Hamlin Park – 3035 N. Hoyne
Ages: 5 & up
Cost: $200 per week

Contact us:
srt33fastball@aol.com
(219) 218-1679

Thank you for stopping by!