This is a weekly series about friends who have met celebrities. This is a special Chuck Gekas Birthday edition.
Today my dear friend Chuck Gekas is celebrating a birthday. Therefore, JohngysBeat.com will celebrate Chuck Gekas.
Chachi has been a great friend to me for almost 20 years. Part mentor, part brother, part pal, Chachi has been and continues to be an important part of my life.
Several years ago, it was Chuck who accompanied me to Dodger Stadium when I got press credentials for the first time. I could tell many stories of that day, but none will really encompass what we both felt. Making it more special for me was that I was able to give Chuck that opportunity to be on the field and interview baseball people.
Since that day, we have repeated this experience in a few other ballparks over the years. I always enjoy having Chachi there. Life's experiences are meant to be shared and I am glad and proud to share this fun with my great friend.
I am sure Chachi's wonderful family is helping him celebrate his day. I also know he will read this at some point and know that I really appreciate him and wish him the best birthday.
Happy birthday Chachi and I hope we get to interview many more players together!
Chuck Gekas and Terry Pendleton in St. Louis, MO-June 2013.