Tagged: Ruben Studdard

THE PRINCE AND CINDERELLA

In my last entry, I talked about my awesome daughter, her memorable Prom Night, and how proud I am of her yadda yadda yadda. And in the entry before that, writing about White Sox outfield prospect David Cook, I shared the love for “American Idol” Ruben Studdard (still, in my opinion, the BEST “American Idol” winner to date).

This morning, over my French Market coffee, I read an article in the Washington Post that I had to share here on my blog (you may have to sign in to WaPo to read it but please do … they won’t bite, they won’t keep all your personal info, and it is TOTALLY worth reading this article!). And yes, this IS all relevant …

An awesome woman in Woodbridge, Va., named Helen McCormick and her son Todd have established a “student leadership center” called The House just minutes from where my daughter was born, minutes from where I spent my first three years as a Minor League beat writer, minutes from where I lived for five years as a fledgling reporter and young mother.

The House helps teens from the area find purpose, stay in school, work with role models.

But one of the big events of The House is sponsoring and staging the annual Cinderella Ball which is a prom for kids who are not mainstream, whether physically or developmentally. The organization, through its supporters’ donations of money, goods and/or time, creates a night to remember for everyone involved.

This year’s event was May 31 at the very snazzy Willard Interncontinental, and The Man, Ruben Studdard, himself provided the live entertainment. You can read more about the event, and the organization, at their blog

I don’t know if the Carolina League’s Potomac Nationals (my old Prince William Cannons) already have an involvement with this group but if they don’t, and they plan to perhaps hold a “Cinderella Ball” Night in honor of their PRINCE glory days of yore (can I come up with a great marketing/promotion plan or what???) I hope they’ll let me know so I can attend (hint, it’s been 20 years since they won the league title in 1989). I’ll even help man the boxes for fans to bring their prom finery to donate for the 2009 Ball!!

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COOKIE PARTY

With all due credit to Sarah Silverman for the blog entry title (which, I may add, is my text message alert tone on my phone and I never get sick of it) …

I am down here in Birmingham, Alabama, which is perhaps best known (to me, at least) as the home of my alltime favorite “American Idol” champion, Ruben Studdard.

It’s also the summer home of David Cook. No, not THAT David Cook. But rather the David Cook who is tearing it up playing outfield for the Birmingham Barons, the White Sox Double-A affiliate.

I’ve actually been following THIS David Cook since I met him in the visitors’ dugout in Frederick back in 2006. I may be one of the few people not related to Cook that, when I saw there was an American Idol contestant named David Cook, I thought “hey, like the White Sox outfield prospect!”

So though I felt like a dork doing it, I took the opportunity this afternoon to chat a bit with Baseball Cookie about AI, his doppelganger (doppelnamer?) oh, yes, and baseball.

My Little David Cook.jpgTurns out that Cook stopped watching AI pretty much after Season 2 and, like me, his favorite winner was also Ruben Studdard (Ruben, if you’re reading this, I think you should come sing the anthem one evening at Regions Park and meet your fan while you’re here!)

And he figured out that he might have a “name twin” one evening when some heckler yelled at him “Go back to American Idol, Cook!”

While it’s hard to duplicate the current professional success that Singing Cookie is having right now (even though I think he’s kind of yarly), Baseball Cookie is doing pretty well himself.

He was leading the Minors in walks with 46 and fifth in the Minors in on-base average at .466, with a .314 average, 10 homers and 23 RBIs. He was among the Southern League leaders in several key categories and leading the Barons in just about everything.

A product of the midwest, Cook hails from Columbus, Ohio, and came to the White Sox by way of Miami University (an outstanding liberal arts college not to be confused with the more baseball-related University of Miami).

Right now (6:49 p.m. Central Time) I have no idea if I’m going to get to see Cookie rake tonight, or even draw a few walks. Because it’s me and I’m on the road, it is, of course, raining in Birmingham (the usual weather forecast for me is 20 percent of rain, 100 percent chance of rain within 100 yards of Lisa).

However, they are even as we speak (in a cyber sort of way) taking the tarp off the field … let’s get ready to crummmmmmmmmmmmbbbbbbbbbbble!!!