Our summers are focused around Burnham Harbor and being out on Lake Michigan. It’s the price we have to pay for owning a private yacht charter company
We’re crazy busy during season, but every once in a while, something happens to make us look up from what we’re doing. Yesterday’s celebration of Jackie Robinson West 2014 U.S. Little League Championship was one of those every-once-in-a-while moments. Seeing hundreds of cheering Chicagoans lining the parade route and thousands more gathered in Millennium Park made us wish we had a day off. We had to settle for live feeds and watching the reruns on television.
As lifelong Chicagoans, we love this town. But it makes us sad to see the negative press Chicago has been getting for the gun violence, particularly on the South Side. We all agree it needs to be stopped. This is not the Chicago we want to show the world….and not just because our business is heavily dependent on tourists visiting Chicago.
But seeing the proud, happy faces of these thirteen youngsters and their families and coaches gives us hope that things can be different…..and better. If these young ballplayers can do what they did — working so hard to win not just a championship, but the love and admiration of an entire city — then the future is wide open for more reasons to celebrate Chicago.
Our town loves its sports teams, good or bad (the Cubs, for instance). We rally behind the winners and the losers. But rarely have we seen a losing team handle themselves with more grace and humility than the Jackie Robinson West players exhibited. It makes us proud to say we live in Chicago.
Thank you, Jackie Robinson West players. You’re an inspiration to us all and you’ve helped make this a wonderful Chicago summer.
Happy Labor Day, Everyone. Celebrate with Chicago pride.