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Ordinarily now, I'd be gearing up for Chicago Bandits softball. Unfortunately, the 2021 season was cancelled due to the pandemic. I miss watching the Bandits and being with Bandit Nation.
You can't think of Bandit Nation without thinking of Sheri Samson. The "den mother" of Bandit Nation is a long-time season-ticket holder and a huge fan of the team. She probably has more Bandits memorabilia than anyone else.
As sweet as she is, she's also tough as can be. She's a cancer survivor.
Speaking of her Bandits swag collection, she has a signed game-worn jersey from third baseman Abbey Cheek. I wonder how many jerseys Sheri has.
Cheek was a star player at the University of Kentucky. Cheek was selected 14th overall by the Bandits in the 2019 NPF draft and went on to become the Player of the Year.
Unfortunately, the pandemic cancelled the last two seasons of the NPF. I'm sure nobody is sadder than Sheri., but we all miss seeing our Bandits in Rosemont. Go to ChicagoBandits.com for more info and updates.
Sheri and Abbey Cheek in Rosemont, IL-July 2019.