The Minors Call Up Rush Limbaugh

Joliet JackHammers baseball team offers talk show host investment opportunity

By Nicola Orichuia
|  Saturday, Oct 17, 2009  |  Updated 9:30 AM PDT
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Rush Limbaugh may have been turned down by the majors but the minor league Joliet Jackhammers want to call him up. To invest in their baseball team.

On the heals of being turned down by NFL owners in his attempt at buying a share of the St. Louis Rams, the conservative radio-show host is being sought out by the Illinois team, which plays in a stadium that can hold up to 6,000 fans.

“Rush has an obvious interest in getting involved with professional sports as seen in the news as of late,” said Jackhammers’ Executive Vice President and General Manager, Jamie Toole.

“Now that he is no longer part of the group looking to purchase the St. Louis Rams, we thought we would reach out and see if he might be interested in getting involved in Professional Baseball.”

This time, Limbaugh shouldn’t have any problems dealing with political prejudices or non-partisan concerns.

“Do we agree with everything Rush has to say, no,” Toole said. “But that doesn’t mean that he can’t be a part of owning a professional sports team.”

To prove the team’s efforts to get over the political punditry, Toole said he is willing “to make the same offer to the likes of Ed Schultz, Bill Maher, James Carville, Bill O’Reilly, Don Imus, John Stewart, Mike Huckabee, or local radio talk show star Scott Slocum.”

“Regardless of your political beliefs we feel that every American that has the means to buy all or part of a professional sports team should have the right to do so. Life, Liberty and Baseball – what’s more American than that,” Toole said.

From mid-May until late August, the Jackhammers play a 100-game schedule as part of the Northern League of Professional Baseball, which includes teams in Schaumburg, Rockford, Lake County and Gary, Indiana.

The team hasn’t made the playoffs since 2002, the year the team was founded, and closed last season with its worst record yet. (32-63)

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