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THE GEORGIA CHAPTER OF THE SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL
TO TAKE TERMINALLY ILL CHILDREN ON ALASKAN ADVENTURE

ATLANTA, GA --- May 12, 2005 --- The Georgia Chapter of the Safari Club International (SCI) will be taking terminally ill children on a trip to Alaska on June 9, 2005 for one week, as part of their Safari Wish program. Jim Jairell will be hosting the children at his Eagle’s View Lodge in southeast Alaska (www.huntwithjim.com).

SCI Members and Chapters through the Safari Wish program try to grant as many lifelong wishes to terminally ill children and people with disabilities as possible. Because funding these programs is costly, SCI is limited to the number of wishes it can fulfill, and hopes to expand the number of wishes granted each year.

“Seeing these children enjoy themselves motivates all of us to contribute and keep this program going. Unfortunately, we are limited to the number of wishes we can grant each year. When you watch a child who is terminal having fun, and being able to forget about doctors and treatments for a while, it warms your heart. Thanks to people like John Rocker, who has made contributions to the organization, we are able to accommodate even more children,” said James Lakeman, past president of the Georgia Chapter of the SCI.

This year the Georgia Chapter of Safari Club International in association with the United Special Sportsman Alliance (USSA) will grant 79 wishes, and hopes to bring that number to 125 in 2006.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Safari Wish program can do so by sending a check made payable to:

GA SCI/Safari Wish
c/o 2759 Delk Road, Suite 1075
Marietta, GA 30067

The Georgia Safari Club is a non-profit organization that supports wildlife conservation and helps sick and terminally ill children fulfill wishes. The Georgia Safari Club has taken more than 30 kids on Safari Wishes from south Georgia to the wilds of Alaska. For more information call 770-205-6973 or visit www.gasci.org.



Revealing Rocker's soft side

Newsday.com, By A.J. Carter

April 18, 2005 - In the grand scheme of things, being John Rocker's press agent would seem as a job to rank only slightly ahead of mucking out stables. But that, Debi Curzio maintains, is only because people don't know the real John Rocker.

The real Rocker, Curzio says, is "a very genuine person, a very likable person, intelligent, great sense of humor. Look, he knows he made a mistake. He doesn't deny that. ... But he's also grown up in six years, and he's matured."

Curzio has spent the past year and a half as Rocker's publicist and was so committed to ensuring that the world saw the softer side of the relief pitcher least likely to be given a seat on the No. 7 train that she picked up stakes six months ago and moved from Northport to Atlanta, where Rocker lives. So there is some small measure of irony that Curzio's most challenging task will be in winning over baseball fans back home, now that Rocker has signed on to pitch for the Long Island Ducks.

Rocker, it will be remembered, gained his 15 minutes of infamy while pitching for the Atlanta Braves with his comments in a Sports Illustrated article about the cultural diversity of the passenger list on the subway to Shea Stadium. Curzio took a professional interest in Rocker, wondering about why "his people" were not doing a better job of muting the outcry. "I kept watching and watching," she said, "and suddenly I realized he's got no people."

Working through Rocker's agent, Joe Sambito (the only Adelphi University alum to play in the major leagues), Curzio faced Rocker. "I don't represent anybody I don't believe in," she said. "I met John and I was pleasantly surprised."

So what has Curzio highlighted to improve Rocker's image? That he's a successful real estate developer, that he owns a computer company, that he does a lot of charity work - and did, even before the controversy - and that he's not a racist (the president of the computer company, she pointed out, is black). She has booked radio appearances for him. "Prior to meeting me and working with me, he didn't know what the role of a publicist was," she said.

Her advice to Rocker in dealing with New York. "Just be yourself."

Final exam time: The interview with us. With Curzio monitoring, Rocker admitted his reputation might be different had he had a public relations consultant five years ago and handled things differently. Does he expect any problems with fans on Long Island? "I've been through a lot and I can't imagine that playing on Long Island is going to be any worse than anything I've been through, and I've got a thick skin, and I'm so happy about being back playing that I really can't imagine anything that could happen that's going to be so great as to derail my happiness," he said.

Does he still resent the media? "A little, although through Debi, I've learned how to make them an asset, not a liability."

You be the judge.

Copyright 2005 Newsday Inc.


Rocker tries a changeup

Newsday.com, by Bob Herzog, Staff Correspondent

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - April 17, 2005 -- The breeze from the nearby Atlantic Ocean blew across the wide-open spaces of this town that once was virtually destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and is still in the rebuilding stages. The breeze blew the Johnny Damon-length hair across the forehead and into the eyes of John Rocker, whenever the once-and-future relief pitcher removed his green Long Island Ducks hat. But the wind-blown hair could not obscure Rocker's vision. He, too, is rebuilding.

"To say I'm a lot more mature at 30 than I was at 24 or 25 is an understatement. I'm more grown up. There's not a whole lot I haven't been through," Rocker said yesterday in a private interview in the Ducks' dugout after the first day of Atlantic League spring training at the Homestead Sports Complex.
Among the travails Rocker has been through is seeing an All-Star caliber career as a closer with the Braves unravel because of a serious shoulder injury, and his public image wind up in tatters after inflammatory comments he made about New York City fans and citizens in 1999. But that was a long time ago; Rocker insists he's a new man with a new outlook. His hair is longer and, he says, so is his fuse.

Asked about being taunted by chants of "racist" while pitching in Venezuela in November, plus the possibility of the loose-cannon factor when he pitches on Long Island and, he hopes, in big-league cities, Rocker scoffed.

"It's not even an issue at this point. I've heard it all and I've got some thick skin," he said. "My goal is to pitch as well as I can and get to the big leagues as soon as I can. I've set a timetable of July 1st to be on a big-league roster."

He wasn't so optimistic after a brief and rocky three-outing stint in Venezuela.

"I shouldn't have been there. I wasn't ready," he said. "My velocity was only in the mid-80s, it took me a long time to warm up, I couldn't pitch more than an inning and I couldn't pitch on back-to-back days."

At the same time, his computer company -- owned by a black man who came to him for funding, Rocker is quick to point out -- was flourishing, as were two real-estate ventures, so he asked himself: "After 20-25 hours a week of rehab and 15-16 months after surgery, this is it? Am I just banging my head against the wall and spitting into the wind?"

So Rocker stopped throwing and concentrated on his business interests until an unexpected phone call from a Florida Marlins executive put baseball back on his radar screen.

"He said he was a guy who liked to take on a project or two every year, a guy who had a history of injuries," Rocker said. "He sounded really excited. He said I was the kind of guy he was looking for. We were never able to strike a deal, but that got me throwing again after three weeks off."

Rocker said he didn't feel particularly good in early February, when he started throwing in his hometown of Alpharetta, Ga. But he kept at it and then one day in early March, his catcher, Aaron Alvarez, who played in the Marlins' minor-league system, took off his mask after several of Rocker's fastballs and started shaking his head.

"What did you do? Those last four pitches were significantly harder. They had to be 92," Rocker recalled of the conversation that clinched his decision to stride onto the comeback trail. "It was a sudden thing, but ever since then, I've felt better. I was clocked at 93 on a radar gun about 10 days ago. If I can get 2½ months of seeing hitters [with the Ducks] and get my fastball in the low-to-mid 90s with a sharp slider and a splitter I've been working on since I started my rehab, I'll show them [big-league scouts] that I'm healthy."

Though there are plenty of hard miles on Rocker's arm, he doesn't turn 31 until October and believes he is being realistic about his goals and his dreams.

"I love baseball, but I wouldn't be satisfied to just go out and play in a 30-and-over adult league," he said. "I want to play at the pinnacle again, and that's the big leagues. With the state of bullpens today, if I can get back up to 93-95 and I'm healthy, there's no excuse if I don't get back."

If he does return, he may get to see some tangible evidence of the period in his baseball career when he talked as fast as he threw. In the aftermath of his harsh criticism of Mets fans in 1999, the team built a permanent canopy over the visiting bullpen at Shea Stadium to shield Rocker from the assortment of batteries, food and beer that was tossed his way.

"A lot of guys are still thanking me for that," he said, the passage of time allowing him to laugh at the memory.


Ducks get taste of big-league stuff


Newsday, by Bob Herzog, Staff Writer

April 17, 2005
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- The slider darted downward so sharply that the Ducks' hitter swung hopelessly over it, with no chance to make contact. "Hee-hee-hee," chortled John Rocker, the man who delivered the pitch.

Moments later, when he hung the same pitch, the southpaw uttered a loud grunt and perhaps a muffled expletive. Rocker is as hard on himself as he was to National League hitters during his prime years of 1999-2001.
"I threw OK," he said after a 35-pitch, eight-minute session of live batting practice yesterday at the Ducks' first day of spring training. "I'm at the level I'd be if it was Day 1 of spring training at a major-league camp in mid-February.

"I always want to throw harder -- even if I was throwing 100 miles an hour -- so I'd like to see more velocity," Rocker added. "I want more consistency on my slider. I hate to see a roller [a pitch that doesn't break sharply.]"

The batter who elicited the guffaw was Pete Rose Jr., 35, who wanted to play one more year of pro ball. He was given the chance as a favor to his famous father by old nemesis Bud Harrelson, part owner of the Ducks, who clearly understands the concept of forgive and forget.

"He was throwing hard and the ball was jumping out of his hand," Harrelson said of Rocker. "He's the only guy here who could do this [throwing to live hitters] the first day of camp."

Said Ducks pitching coach Dave LaPoint: "What I noticed is that he hides the ball well. You've got just a split-second to pick it up [as a hitter]. I thought he threw free and easy. Every pitcher thinks he'll have Hall of Fame stuff the first day, but you've got to give him two weeks to get his location and his arm strength."

Rose Jr. offered a favorable first impression. "He's a big-leaguer, there's no two ways about it," he said.

Returning outfielder Jason Johnson said, "When he made his pitches, they were nasty."

That's music to the ears of this long-haired Rocker.


ROCKER RETURNS TO HILL

New York Post Online, By BRIAN COSTELLO – April 16, 2005

John Rocker was back on the mound facing batters yesterday. The former Braves closer began his stint with the Long Island Ducks in Homestead, Fla., as the team opened spring training.

"I felt good," Rocker said in a phone interview.

Rocker has been out of baseball since 2003 when he underwent surgery on his left rotator cuff. He hopes to be back in the major leagues in 4-6 weeks.

"I think I can help this team, and once I get my stuff back and my velocity up I should be able to get to the big leagues soon," Rocker said.

Rocker said he threw about 35-40 pitches yesterday and topped out at around 90 mph.



I AM A BETTER MAN


New York Post, By BRIAN COSTELLO Post Correspondent

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — From his hairstyle to his outlook on New York, John Rocker says he is a different man from the one most people remember.

In an exclusive interview with The Post, the baseball pitcher asked New Yorkers to give him a second chance as he begins a comeback with the minor-league Long Island Ducks.

"I don't have any ill feelings [toward New York], and it would be nice to think that the New York people can be as mature as I think I am now and bury the hatchet and move on," said Rocker, who now has shoulder-length hair.

Rocker, 30, infamously ripped New York in a Sports Illustrated article six years ago while he was with the Atlanta Braves. He later retracted and apologized for the comments. Today, he blames them on immaturity.

"Everybody is a lot different person at 24 than they are at 30," he said. "There's been a lot of growing that's been done, a lot of maturing that's been done."

Rocker has been out of baseball since 2003 when he underwent surgery to repair his left rotator cuff.

He signed last week with the Ducks, an independent team in Central Islip.

Rocker said he had other options, but liked the Ducks organization and he has no reservations about playing 35 miles from Shea Stadium, where he was once the target of everything from boos to batteries.

Rocker's stay in New York may not be very long. He said he hopes to be signed by a major-league team in four to six weeks. He even said he would be willing to play for his old adversaries in Flushing, the Mets.

"Whoever wants to give me a jersey and sign my check, I'll play for," Rocker said. "I don't care who it is."

During the 40-minute interview, Rocker seemed at ease and did not refuse to answer any questions.

He wore a 17th Precinct hat given to him by NYPD officers who worked security at Shea during his time with the Braves, and a black T-shirt. He had just finished a workout at a high school near his suburban Atlanta home when he sat down with The Post.

In a baritone voice with a Southern drawl, Rocker spoke about the past and looked ahead to the future.

He became the face of the heated Mets-Braves rivalry in the late 1990s, first as a flame-throwing closer who notched 38 saves in 1999, and later as a loudmouth when he made disparaging comments about homosexuals, AIDS patients, foreigners, minorities, New Yorkers and single mothers in the December 1999 SI article.

Rocker is still bothered by the perception that he is a racist, pointing out he lived with minorities as a minor-leaguer and currently employs a black man as the president of a computer company he owns.

"I think the whole issue of being such a racist could not be farther from the truth," Rocker said.

"I tend to take people for the way they come across, their personality, the way they treat me. I take that for what it is, regardless of where they come from or their background."

In his defense, he pointed out that after the article, no one from his past accused him of being racist.

"If I was such a racist — being that's the way our society is, and people love to pile on and kick somebody when they're down and drag their name through the mud — why hasn't somebody I knew from A-ball or rookie ball or high school come back and say, 'John Rocker called me this' or 'I overheard him in the clubhouse telling this kind of joke?' " he said.

"That's never happened. It's been the exact opposite."

In SI, Rocker likened riding the No. 7 train to traveling through Beirut, but he told The Post he has no problem on the subway.

"I've ridden it 20 times in the past," Rocker said. "I've probably ridden it once since [the article]. I haven't been in New York that much. When I was in the American League, I rode the [No.] 4 to Yankee Stadium."

Rocker said he never meant any harm with his comments about New Yorkers, but got caught up in the rivalry between the Braves and Mets at the time.

"Hopefully, they can let bygones be bygones and see that just by me coming up there to play, that I'm not holding any grudges, and they would extend me the same courtesy and just realize that I was 23, 24 years old at that time," Rocker said.

"It was my way of trash-talking to the other team, not necessarily the people themselves. I think that was the problem. Most New York citizens took it personally like I was talking to them specifically.

"In actuality, it was a heated rivalry between two teams and there was some trash-talking on their side, and I know Chipper [Jones] said some things on our side and so did I. It was back and forth.

"It was more of a thing directed toward the rivalry, not personally at the citizens of New York.

"I just hope people understand how long ago it was and by me coming up there, I'm showing some good faith and I don't have anything against the people of New York.

"I'm coming up there to live for, hopefully, just four to six weeks, but who knows? It could be longer, and I'm looking forward to it."

The Ducks, who play in the Northern Division of the Class AAA Atlantic League, open up their season April 28 in Bridgeport, Conn. Their first home game is May 4.

Rocker said he does not know what to expect when he comes charging in from the bullpen the first time.

"I'm optimistic," he said. "We'll see. I've certainly not committed any felonies. I just hope I can be forgiven for some youthful, childish behavior that I certainly grew out of a long time ago."


HOMETOWN HERO

New York Post Online Edition, By Kevin Kernan

MACON, Ga. - April 2005 - Walk into the Middlebrooks Athletic Center at First Presbyterian Day School and you immediately know where John Loy Rocker resides in the hearts and minds of those here in his hometown.
On the brick wall to your right is his retired jersey, proudly displayed with the school nickname, "Vikings," across its chest.

Here they don't see Rocker as the poster child for racist, insensitive comments. Yes, they see someone who made those terrible statements - they are not about to bury their heads in the sand - but they also see someone who made a mistake, someone who apologized for that mistake, someone who remains the pride of his school.

"John Rocker just signed with the Long Island Ducks, sir," 12-year-old Cameron Carter, a second baseman on the middle-school baseball team at First Presbyterian, proudly tells me. "I got his autograph once down at the football field."

"I met him over at Barnes & Noble," says David Darnell, 13, a shortstop. "He was nice."

Says 13-year-old catcher Clayton Pope, "I'd love to catch 'em, sir."

Like everyone I met at the school and in the area, these youngsters were extremely polite and respectful. They also were forgiving of Rocker.

Perhaps that's the ultimate irony of this story: Not that Big Apple basher Rocker signed with a New York Independent League club - that's ironic enough - but that New Yorkers think Rocker's 1999 words may speak for this community of nearly 100,000 people 80 miles south of Atlanta.

Here they see a much different John Rocker than the Punk Rocker New York sees, the one who said in that Sports Illustrated article: "Imagine having to take the 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you're [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing."

Rocker's former high school coach, Jim Turner Jr., has known Rocker since he entered First Presbyterian as a kindergarten student.

"John always was a talker," Turner says. "But he's really a good guy, a funny guy. He was sorry for what he said, he knows he made a mistake."

Turner is deeply respected here and remains close to Rocker; they went fishing the other day.

"John caught eight bass to my four," says Turner, who believes young Rocker was somewhat overwhelmed by things he couldn't relate to when he made those hurtful comments.

"There's nobody in Macon with purple hair," Turner says.

The only thing purple here is the wisteria, and that's in full bloom now.

Turner, 53, is a former shortstop at the University of Georgia and coached varsity baseball at First Presbyterian for 20 years. He briefly went to coach at a local public school but is back at First Presbyterian, teaching physical education and coaching softball.

He sees a John Rocker who always was willing to help his community, who would give clinics to youngsters to raise money for school programs; a John Rocker, who when he played here in the minors at Luther Williams Stadium in 1996, had teammates Andruw Jones and Bruce Chen live with him at his parent's house.

He also saw a John Rocker who would pick up the tab for students and chaperones when they would visit in spring training, a John Rocker who would pay the way for students so they could go to World Series games in New York.

He sees a John Rocker who was the heart and soul of the 1992 state championship team, a super competitive athlete who set the school's reception record as a wide receiver, an unbeatable pitcher and a terrific center fielder who loved the game and would get upset when opponents wouldn't pitch to him.

" ' Coach, they won't give me a fastball,' " Turner recalls Rocker saying.

Turner sees a John Rocker who is sorry for what he said and has paid a price.

"It's hard for him to trust people now after that Sports Illustrated article," the coach says.

Turner remembers a 12-year-old John Rocker over at the George T. Jones Little League Complex at Freedom Park, pitching for the Dodgers, beating his father's team, the Orioles, on the most perfect of fields that even has its own Green Monster.

Jim Turner Sr. coached Little League for 34 years before passing away in 1995. This is a baseball community, and Rocker, 30, who now lives near Atlanta, remains its No. 1 son.

"After that whole incident," says Connie Mack Darnell, who played for Eddie Stanky at South Alabama and is David's father, "our mayor, C. Jack Ellis, the first black mayor of Macon, had a long conversation with John and said, 'We need to rally around this boy. He made a mistake, it was dumb stuff, but we need to rally around him, he's one of ours.'

"The kids here are thrilled to death that John is playing again."

Turner Sr. was a close friend of George Jones, whom the Little League complex is named after. George's son Casey Jones - yes, they have a way with names down here - is the middle-school baseball coach at First Presbyterian, one of four baseball teams at the school. Casey Jones would make the run to Atlanta with Turner Jr. to watch Rocker pitch.

"John was always the last one out of the clubhouse," recalls Jones, who played at Appalachian State with former Mets catcher Ron Hodges, "and he would say, 'Coach, sorry I kept you, but I had four miles to run.'

Casey Jones says, with passion, "Believe me, we are not saying the things he said were OK. They were wrong, but he was also taken advantage of ... I think the people in New York need to give John a chance and get to know him. Don't judge him on what they've read."

Connie Mack Darnell says, "We're storytellers down here. We embellish. Part of the problem is John is so competitive and when he made those comments about New York, there was some real competition between the New York team and that Atlanta team [Mets and Braves]."

Darnell's wife, Cyndi, who is the school's librarian, says, "God, I'd hate for all of us to be judged on stupid things we said one time. John was young when he said that and he was acting like a dumb kid."

John Rocker said it, though, and has to live with it. Perhaps, by pitching for the Ducks, trying to rebuild his career in New York, the lefty might be able to change people's perception of him.

No matter what's been said and how this all plays out, it's clear John Rocker is one player who always can go home again.


DUCKS SIGN JOHN ROCKER
Former Braves lefty inks deal with Long Island

(Central Islip, N.Y., April 7, 2005) – The Long Island Ducks, members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, today announced the signing of pitcher John Rocker to a contract for the 2005 baseball season.

“John Rocker wants to pitch on Long Island,” said Ducks pitching coach Dave LaPoint. “He had opportunities to pitch elsewhere and he chose to pitch here. We look forward to putting the best product on the field possible in order to defend our Atlantic League title and John is excited to be a part of that.”

Rocker, a native of Statesboro, Georgia, owns a 3.42 ERA and 88 saves in 280 appearances (255.1 innings pitched) at the major-league level. His best season came in 1999 when he went 4-5 with a 2.49 ERA and 38 saves for the National League champion Braves. In 20 career postseason appearances at the big league level (20.2 innings pitched), Rocker is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and three saves.

 


JOHN ROCKER JOINS HOST COMMITTEE FOR GEORGIA TRANSPLANT FOUNDATION

ATLANTA, GA --- August 17, 2004 --- Major League pitcher John Rocker was recently asked to serve on the host committee for the second annual “Many Lives You’ve Touched” fundraiser benefiting Georgia Transplant Foundation. His responsibilities will include soliciting items for the silent auction and assisting with fundraising efforts. This announcement came from David Bakelman, Executive Director, Georgia Transplant Foundation.

In regards to serving on the committee, Mr. Rocker stated, “My good friend Ira Wilkins is a transplant recipient, so it was natural for me to get involved. The Foundation is doing great things for people here in Georgia, and I’m proud to be a part of the team.”

Georgia Transplant Foundation will be holding its annual event, “The Many Lives You’ve Touched” on Thursday, September 30 at the The Tongue & Groove Lounge in Buckhead. The event will feature a live art auction as well as a silent auction. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation.

Georgia Transplant Foundation Executive Director David Bakelman said “It’s a great honor to have someone like John Rocker on this committee. He’s not only helped with the fundraising efforts, but his name recognition has tremendous impact.”

Georgia Transplant Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting transplant candidates, recipients, living donors and their families through financial assistance, education, and advocacy. In 2003, the Georgia Transplant Foundation assisted over 500 transplant recipients and their families in Georgia. Eighty-five percent of all funds raised supports Georgia transplant candidates, recipients, living donors and their families. For more information call 770.457.3796 or visit www.gatransplant.org.


MAJOR LEAGUE PITCHER, JOHN ROCKER, CLEARED TO THROW

ATLANTA, GA --- December 9, 2003 --- Major League Baseball relief pitcher John Rocker underwent surgery on his left rotator cuff in July, and was given the okay to begin throwing six weeks ago. This announcement came from Dr. James R. Andrews, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, Alabama Sports Medical & Orthopedic Center; and medical director, American Sports Medical Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.

During the 2003 season, diminishing velocity led Rocker to seek medical attention for his shoulder. Although tests failed to reveal any damage, a shoulder exam and surgery revealed that Rocker had 80 percent tear in his left rotator cuff, which had been deteriorating for the past two years. Surgery to correct the problem was performed in July, and Rocker has been rehabilitating his shoulder ever since.

Dr. Andrews stated, “John has responded to the shoulder surgery extremely well, and has worked as hard as any Major League baseball pitcher I ever had as a patient. He set his goals high, and should be competitive in spring training. John has met every post-surgical milestone, and it is gratifying to see him make this type of career-saving recovery.” He added, “I not only expect John to come back to the Major League level as the outstanding pitcher he always was, but to be stronger with better longevity than before.”

Rocker works out with his physical therapist and on his own 5 times a week and up to 6 hours a day, which has been the driving force behind his rapid recovery. “John is ahead of schedule by four to five weeks regarding both his strength and throwing programs. Currently, he is throwing at 90 feet without any difficulty,” said Kevin Wilk, Rocker’s physical therapist at HealthSouth medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

Rocker is expected to continue throwing through December and could be back on the mound as early as January. He said, “It feels great to be playing catch again. I went from not being able to pick up a fork to throwing in less than four months.” Rocker added, “My focus has been on rehabilitating my shoulder and getting healthy. I know I will be back in the spring of 2004 pitching better than ever.”

Rocker’s agent, Joe Sambito of SFX Baseball Group, added, “No one ever questions John’s work ethic. Coupled with his intense desire to once again pitch in the Major Leagues, I’m confident that John can recapture the magic that made him one of the most dominant closers in Major League Baseball.”

During the off season, Rocker has been committed to his rehabilitation; he served as a baseball analyst during the post season games for Sporting News Radio; interviewed with radio stations throughout the United States including ESPN Radio in New York, Indianapolis, LA and Florida; volunteered his time to the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital; The Empty Stocking Fund; and The Wheelin’ Sportsman.


JOHN ROCKER JOINS PETER BROWN SHOW ON SPORTING NEWS RADIO
AS WEEKLY BASEBALL PLAYOFF AND WORLD SERIES ANALYST

Chicago, IL – October 2003 -- Former Major League Baseball relief pitcher John Rocker, will join the Peter Brown Show on Sporting News Radio weekly as a Major League Baseball Playoff and World Series Analyst.

Rocker will join the Peter Brown Show and offer his opinions, insight and analysis of the MLB Playoffs and World Series every Thursday at 1:25 ET, starting September 26th and will continue as a regular analyst through the World Series.

Peter Brown looks forward to having John Rocker as his post-season baseball analyst and said, "John has Playoff and World Series experience and you won't be able to get that kind of insight anywhere else."

The Peter Brown Show airs weekdays 12pm-3pm ET on Sporting News Radio.

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