Prior to the world premiere of Comcast SportsNets landmark, behind-the-scenes documentary From the Sports World to the Third World: A Journey to Cambodia, the founders of A New Day Cambodia Bill Smith & Joe ONeil along with CSNs very own Chuck Garfien, made a special live, in-studio appearance on WBEZ 91.5 FMs Afternoon Shift program to talk about this very special two-part production.
Hosted by Chicago media legend Rick Kogan, the trio discussed everything from Smiths earliest visits to poverty-stricken country and how he first became aware of the garbage dump, where countless numbers of children were not only scavenging for items worth pennies (often totaling no more than 10 a month), but even more frightening, this dump is where they lived.
Kogan, who viewed the documentary in advance of the interview, clearly did his homework and asked the trio a myriad of questions ranging from how the Cambodian government is reacting to their cause to how the local fundraisers held by Smith and ONeil enabled A New Day Cambodia to be established to stories about those children whose lives have been forever changed by the loving efforts made by these great men.
Garfien also addressed his initial reactions from his first-ever visit to the country and shared his thoughts about the great honor it was to see what A New Day Cambodia has already doneand will continue to do for many years to come.
Comcast SportsNet would like to once again thank Rick Kogan, producer Katie OBrien, and the entire WBEZ Afternoon Shift team for this most-appreciated opportunity to discuss the Journey to Cambodia documentary. Produced and edited by Sarah Lauch, Part I will air at 7:00pm CT Tuesday night exclusively on Comcast SportsNet, with Part II airing Wednesday night, also at 7:00 PM CT.
LOS ANGELES – The Cubs drafted and developed Ian Happ with the idea of turning him into a Ben Zobrist-type player who would move quickly through the farm system and surface as a versatile big-league contributor and/or legitimate trade chip.
With Zobrist sidelined because of a sore left wrist, the Cubs got their first look at Happ playing second base in The Show during Saturday’s 5-0 loss at Dodger Stadium. That kind of depth – plugging in a 2015 first-round pick while a World Series MVP rests – should ultimately propel the Cubs over the course of a 162-game season.
Even as the Cubs stutter-step through a 25-23 start, there are enough choices for the best defensive second baseman on the team and a National League Championship Series co-MVP (Javier Baez) to sit on the bench.
“We know that the talent’s there,” Zobrist said. “It’s not like having any one or two guys out of the lineup is a big drop-off for us because of the talent that’s there. And we know that just because we have a lot of young players doesn’t mean that they’re not extremely capable of doing the job as well.”
Zobrist – who’s reached base in 23 straight games and emerged as a new leadoff option with Kyle Schwarber struggling – felt something on an awkward swing in the first inning of Friday’s 4-0 loss to the Dodgers. Zobrist played through it that night and called it a “day-to-day thing” that didn’t require an MRI.
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Facing Clayton Kershaw on Sunday after back-to-back shutouts will be a game-time decision.
“It’s tough,” Zobrist said. “We just haven’t strung together enough quality at-bats to score runs the last two games. It’s not just because of us. They’ve pitched well. Their pitchers are pretty hot right now. They’ve spotted up. They’ve gotten early strikes where they needed to and then gone to work pretty well on us.
“The task doesn’t get any easier tomorrow with Kershaw. We just got to keep trying to chip away.”