Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.
Today's picture was taken about four feet to my left while at Northwestern's Sharon J. Drysdale Field. I It occurred about ten years after I met both of them at the ballpark in Rosemont.
Chris is a staple at the ballpark. First at Chicago Bandits games, then at Athletes Unlimited, Chris is a man of literally millions of pictures. Game after game, Chris and his camera capture great moments and players on the softball field. Oddly, at the NU game, he was merely a fan. I wonder if he felt strange not shooting hundreds of pictures.
I know Chris took hundreds of pictures of Tammy Williams during her stay with the Bandits. Tammy was the star shortstop. Se is also an NU alum, and one of my favorite players of all time. Watching Tammy on the field was magical. She was excellent on offense, but she really shined on defense. It was simply a pleasure watching her play.
It is also a pleasure knowing Tammy. She is as sweet as she is talented. Currently living in the Indianapolis area, Tammy returns to her NU roots for big games and the fans love her.
It is special people like Tammy and Chris that make the softball experience so special. I am proud to call both my friends.