Since Huckleberries Online is in the habit of satisfying inquiring minds … here’s the answers to yesterday’s question about all-star Chicago first-baseman Derrek Lee’s connection to Coeur d’Alene. John Austin: Derrek Lee is married to the daughter of 9(Panhandle Area Council exec) Jim Deffenbaugh’s second wife, Linda. Jim’s first wife, Sharon, was killed in a car wreck several years ago on I-90, just days after finishing her medical degree. Linda’s daughter (Christina) and Derrek met in Sacramento, and have been married for several years. They have a child born during Derrek’s championship year (2003) at Florida.” As far as the second question from yesterday goes, John explains Derrek’s remarkable feat on his last three birthdays: “Two years ago, Derrek hit his 28th home run of that year on his 28th birthday. Last year he hit his 29th on this 29th birthday. This year, he went a whole lot better and hit his 40th on his 30th birthday (Sept. 6th) a point which was highlighted on ESPN Sportcenter that night.” Above: you see the photo again of Derrek hitting a HR against S.F. earlier this month. Below: Jim’s 90-year-old father wears Derrek’s jersey while playing ball at Derek’s Chicago apartment with the player’s 2-year-old daughter, Jada.
Hat Tip: John Austin