Both of our city's ballclubs will have a Moreland in the booth this coming season. It was announced today that Lori Moreland will be tickling the electrified ivories in the organist's booth for the Chicago White Sox. This follows the announcement a few weeks ago that former big leaguer Keith Moreland will be calling games from the radio booth for the Chicago Cubs. (The two are presumably not related.)â†µ
Moreland replaces long-time Sox organist Nancy Faust, who retired last year after 41 seasons of rocking two team stadiums -- ol' Comiskey and U.S. Cellular Field. Said Moreland via a team press release today:
It is a dream come true. Being the White Sox organist, specifically stepping into the shoes of a great musician and a wonderful woman, I simply hope to maintain the many great traditions Nancy started, and create some of my own for White Sox fans to enjoy at the ballpark.â†µ
Lori has been honing her organist chops at the Our Lady of Knock Roman Catholic Church in south suburban Calumet City. (Ha, "Knock" ... we'll probably be seeing plenty of that at the Cell this season.) She'll make her South Side debut at the White Sox home opener: Thursday, April 7 at 1:10 p.m. in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays.