Son of Rogers Park man drafted by White Sox
Mike Glasser, owner of RogersPark.com, has experienced perhaps the ultimate betrayal. His son — his own flesh and blood — will play, not for the Cubs, but for the White Sox, after the team drafted the 22-year-old star baseball player this week.
Us north siders grieve for his loss.
But as might be expected, Mike Glasser, too, seems to be switching his allegiance. In a post on his site, he said he’s “exuburant” for his son’s future in baseball, but also perplexed.
Mike said he even named Mitch after relief pitcher Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams of Cubs fame.
“To think I might have to give up on my lifelong allegiance to the Cubs!” he said.
Mike Glasser, who’s spent years living in Rogers Park, said Mitch has his baseball roots firmly planted in the neighborhood. He played at Loyola Park in his younger years and played in Little League at nearby Thillens Stadium, where Mike remembers the announcers there calling his son up to the plate.
Mitch was picked in the 39th round of the 2012 draft after playing for four years at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
Glasser, a second baseman, batted .357 in his college career with 95 runs driven in and 109 runs scored in 148 games. He was successful on 31-of-37 stolen base attempts and over his last two seasons struck out just four times in 246 at-bats.
He is believed to be the first Macalester player selected in the major league draft.
“The excitement is still here,” Mike Glasser said. It’s uncertain from here where Mitch will go, but Mike said he could go to a farm team at first.
For now, we send our condolences to the Glasser family.