After leaving a message the following afternoon, I received a call from Samantha Morales, Manager of Media Services, who listened to information about the site. She requested an e-mail with attached information on NSBB. The letter stated the following:
I am writing on behalf of http://www.northsidebaseball.com, a website and message board community dedicated to all things Chicago Cubs baseball. In three years, the website has expanded to 3,074 registered users with over close to 1,000,000 posts before our recent post archive. The website has free registration, although Premium Membership is available with expanded user features. The site has a great staff of Administrators and Moderators that help to keep the site enjoyable and educational for fans of all ages.
Our website includes registered users Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald as well as Len Kasper, Broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs. In addition, NSBB also has the Broadcasters for A Peoria (Nathan Baliva) and AA West Tennessee (Ron Potesta) as registered users. The site is listed as a Media Source for the A Daytona Cubs and has Media Credentials with the A Peoria Chiefs and the AA West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx. In addition, our site sponsors the “Chicago Cubs Farm Report” with the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, which airs in the pregame show.
In 2005, NSBB began a series of question and answer sessions with people and players in and associated with the Chicago Cubs. Completed sessions and interviews include the following:
• Oneri Fleita, Director of Player Development
• Dave Keller, Minor League Hitting Instructor
• Bruce Miles, Cubs Beat Reporter for the Daily Herald
• Len Kasper, Broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs (twice!)
• Nathan Baliva, Broadcaster for the Peoria Chiefs
• Ron Potesta, Broadcaster for the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx
• Bo Fulginiti, Broadcaster for the Daytona Cubs
• Tim Comstock and Jeff Santo, Writers and Producers of "This Old Cub"
• Nomar Garciaparra, Chicago Cubs
• Eric Patterson, Peoria Chiefs/West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (twice!)
• Jon Searles, West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx
• Jeff Parker, General Manager - West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx
• Ribbee, Mascot - West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx
• Sean Gallagher, Peoria Chiefs/Daytona Cubs
• Matt Murton, West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx/Chicago Cubs
• Bobby Dickerson, Manager - West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx
• Brandon Sing, West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (twice!)
• Matt Weber, Peoria Chiefs/Daytona Cubs
• Grant Johnson, Peoria Chiefs
• Sam Fuld, Peoria Chiefs
• Brian Dopirak, Daytona Cubs
Nathan Baliva, Broadcaster for the Peoria Chiefs, Ron Potesta, Broadcaster for the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx and Dave Keller, Minor League Hitting Instructor, have open sessions where fans can ask them questions at any time! In addition, we have already completed sessions with Len Kasper and Andy MacPhail, President and C.E.O. for the Chicago Cubs. The site is also in the process of completing sessions with Sean Gallagher (Daytona Cubs), Adam Greenberg (West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx,), Derek Ingram (Broadcaster, Daytona Cubs), Pat Listach (Manager, West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx), Eric Patterson (West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx), and Dale Petroskey (President, National Baseball Hall of Fame),
Last year, the site was active in supporting the various charities associated with our Minor League affiliates. Donations raised through the site were able to support auctions for the JDRF, Boy Scouts of America, MDA, the American Red Cross and other fundraisers for disaster relief. In addition, the site had its first “NSBB Chicago Cubs Minor League Player of the Year Award”, an award that went to Eric Patterson of the Peoria Chiefs/West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx. Eric was awarded with a plaque and a $100 donation to the charity of his choice. Eric graciously chose for that money to go to the victims of hurricane Katrina. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. My contact information is provided below.
Have a great day!
Thursday, NSBB received confirmation that our information had been received and that NSBB had been added to the Press Release Distribution List. It is important to note that this is not a Media Credential. Being added to this list provides press releases to the site directly from the Cubs as they become available. However, I have been told that NSBB will be granted access for interviews and/or Q & A sessions with players in the organization, including members of the Chicago Cubs! It is important to note that schedules have to allow for sessions to be able to be completed.
This past Friday afternoon, we received our first release. Although it was not news that we enjoyed receiving in regards to Derrek Lee, it was still a landmark for where the site has come.
This is important in that NSBB now has a direct link to the Chicago Cubs organization. This resource will better enable the site to be able to provide even more inside information in the future. This site will also have the opportunity to bring the users at NSBB even closer to the players with occasional Q & A sessions and interviews where you will have the opportunity to interact with your favorite players and figures in the organization.
A special thank you to Andy MacPhail, not only for taking the time for an interview, but for providing the initial information that ultimately made all of this possible. Thank you to Sharon Pannozzo, Samantha Morales and Jason Carr in their work in the Chicago Cubs Media Relations Department. Thank you to Tim, 1908, the Moderators and to all of you for making NSBB such a wonderful posting community!