Nocturnal Journal 3/28/15: Mike Veeck, Cubs Dixieland Band, and baseball cuisine

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(L-R): Tom Bartlett, Ted Butterman, Rich Armandi, Dave Hoekstra, Kurt Bjorling and Rob Curtis.

On this week’s Nocturnal Journal, we look ahead to opening day with a baseball-themed show.

Leading off, master baseball promoter Mike Veeck talks about his work in the major and minor leagues, building a “green” ballpark, some of his planned promotions (in St. Paul, MN and Charleston, SC ) this year and his philosophy “Fun is Good”.

Ted Butterman and his Dixieland Band stop by to play some tunes and talk about their longtime residency at Wrigley Field.

Finally we go “Off the Eaten Path” with Daniel Gerzina and Chef Kevin Hickey (Bridgeport’s Duck Inn and Rockit Ranch Productions).  They discuss Bridgeport’s food scene and the neighborhood’s relationship with the White Sox.  On the phone is Jim Jarecki, Vice President of the Class A West Michigan Whitecaps, who shares some of his club’s unique concessions offerings (think Oreo Churros and Beer-a-Misu).