Bears, Cubs making the world a better place

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Bears, Cubs making the world a better place

A late Bears practice Friday means a chance to get in some more cycling training miles for the special 100-mile Wrigley Field Road Tour coming up Aug. 19, the day after the Bears host the Washington Redskins in preseason.

(Cmon, whaddya mean, No way! Youve still go three weeks to train.)

The whole thing, which starts at Wrigley Field at 8 a.m. benefits two excellent endeavors. One is Chicago Cubs Charities, which helps Chicago youth with funding of youth sports programs, parks, schools and open spaces. In the past, buddies like Mike Adamle from Channel 5 and other notables have rolled, and it's a blast.

Cubs Charities supports a number of other charities, said Todd Ricketts, brother of Cubs chief Tom and owner of the Higher Gear bike shops. Its really all about the kids so there are things like the new Childrens Hospital and a baseball field with Kerry Wood.

And the other, World Bicycle Relief, provides bikes to Africa. But not just any bikes. These are specially built heavies that are designed for transport of people, cargo, livestock, whatever.

The reason for these is that getting from point to point in Africa is a huge challenge, a reason why kids cant always get to school, people cant get to medical services, all of that.

The issue was is there a way we can provide bikes that alleviate the burden, help a couple of hundred people and not break down, said Ricketts, who will be riding as well.

Some buddies will ride these bikes in the event in a special statement. The ride flips up north of Waukegan and heads back to Wrigley.

Check out the registration arrangements and also what this is really all about -- on WorldBicycleRelief.org. Registration is 100 plus raising another 400 for the kids. You get a T-shirt, lunch catered by Harry Carays Restaurant, and the post-ride party at Wrigley thatll have live music, food and drink.

Now, if youll excuse me, I have to got get some more miles in.

How Tim Anderson's new glasses could benefit him at the plate

How Tim Anderson's new glasses could benefit him at the plate

Though he only has worn them for one game, Tim Anderson had been preparing to break in his new glasses for several weeks.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday evening that Anderson recently purchased new corrective lenses after he asked for additional testing beyond what teams normally offer. Though he’d recently worn the glasses around the clubhouse and in batting practice, Anderson didn’t break them in until Monday night. The second-year shortstop homered for the first time in nearly a month Monday and finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs in the club’s loss to the New York Yankees.

If the glasses help Anderson’s vision at the plate, the White Sox are all for it. Anderson entered Tuesday’s game hitting .253/.278/.377 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs in 285 plate appearances.

“The ball can travel anywhere from Shields' 69 miles per hour curveball to Chapman's 100 miles per hour fastball,” Renteria said. “It's very important to be able to see the baseball. It's obviously a split-second decision. It's very dangerous to be in there and not be able to see the ball. If that helps him, if that's a part of continuing to move forward, I hope that's part of what helps clear him up.”

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Anderson said after Monday’s game he plans to wear the lenses the rest of the season, though he didn’t think the glasses make a huge difference. Still, the fact he homered after going 96 plate appearances in between round-trippers didn’t escape third baseman Todd Frazier, who made a joke suggesting Anderson downplayed the significance. Anderson said he’s spent several days recently adjusting to the glasses in preparation for the game and wears them at bat and in the field.

“I’ve been using them in BP,” Anderson said. “Trying to get used to them.”

Renteria said players get their vision checked every spring. Anderson’s request for additional screening isn’t out of the ordinary, Renteria said.

“Timmy just told us he wanted to get his eyes checked, so he did,” Renteria said. “Obviously, he's wearing the glasses that he wears now. He's trying to get comfortable with them. He'd had them for at least 2 1/2 weeks, 3 weeks. But he's kind of been hesitant to put them on. I know (Todd Steverson) spoke to him. He's going to use them, feel comfortable with them, start using them in the workouts and BP.”

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