Imagine having a professional baseball player living in your house -- instead of talking sports with your clueless neighbor, you can play armchair pitcher with someone who actually knows what he's talking about. The Schaumburg Flyers, part of the six-team independent Northern League, are once again introducing the Flyers Host Family Program. The organization seeks families in the Schaumburg area who are willing to let a player live with them for the duration of the Flyers 2009 season, as Northern League rules limit the number of players that the Flyers can accommodate. Currently there are 11 host families, and the organization is seeking seven more.
Before you start clearing space for your new roomie, here's the fine print: The Schaumburg Flyers' roster is comprised of 22 players, most of whom are between the ages of 22 and 27. Most play for the Flyers while pursuing a career in the major leagues (in other words: don't get too attached). Players will arrive in the area around May 1 and will need to be put up until September (the last scheduled home game is Sept. 2, but the playoffs could last through the third week of the month). Families are asked to provide a bedroom (preferrably a guest room or basement) and space in the fridge, and meals, while not required, are certainly welcomed. In return for their hospitality, families will receive four reserved-seat tickets for all 48 home games of the season, along with recognition on the field prior to one of the games. Not to mention bragging rights.