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So Long, Ronnie: Cubs Lay Ron Santo To Rest

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 After last night's public visitation, Ron Santo will be laid to rest this  morning at 9:00 am at Holy Name Cathedral. If you can't make the funeral, you can watch it on WGN TV or blow Ronnie one last kiss as he makes one last tour of the city he loved.

On Friday, a procession starting at Holy Name and ending outside Santo's workplace, Wrigley Field, will follow his funeral. Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Santo's broadcast partner, Pat Hughes, are scheduled to give eulogies at the funeral.

At Thursday's visitation, an estimated 300 people were bundled up in line at one point, undeterred by snowfall and below-freezing temperatures. Parked in front of Holy Name was a black hearse with two red, white and blue flags with the No. 10 on them.

Hours before the visitation opened to the public, friends and former teammates of Santo's were allowed into the cathedral to pay their private respects. Among those attending were former Cubs
Ernie Banks, Milt Pappas, Glenn Beckert and Joe Girardi. Pat Brickhouse, widow of Cubs broadcaster Jack Brickhouse, also attended the private visitation.

The Tribune has a really great photo gallery of the visitation up.

 

Joe Girardi may not want to coach the Cubs, but he was classy enough to fly in for Ron's funeral:

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi flew into town to attend the wake for Ron Santo and remembered attending Cubs games with his father and cheering for Santo.

"My dad and I would drive up from Peoria and the highlights of the day would be if the Cubs won, Ron Santo hit a home run and the boxes of Ron Santo pizza that I ate in the stands."

Girardi also developed a very special relationship with Santo during Girardi's two tours of duty as a Cubs catcher.

"Ron and I lived near each other in the northern suburbs," he said. "I would pick him up and we'd go over to Northwestern and he would throw me batting practice.

"He always brought his dog with us and security would always tell us that dogs couldn't be in the facility and not to bring the dog again. But he always did because the dog loved running around there and Ronnie loved his dog."

Another Winter Meetings is in the books for the Chicago Cubs, but the wheelin' and dealin' continues:

ORLANDO -- The Cubs leave the winter meetings on Thursday having accomplished their primary objective of finding a first baseman, and now have turned their focus to pitching.

Brandon Webb remains their No. 1 target, and the Cubs reportedly are one of the top two or three teams on the former Diamondbacks ace's list. But the Cubs still have to check out his medical records after Webb missed all but one start the last two seasons. He's coming off shoulder surgery, but may be ready to pitch this spring. 

General manager Jim Hendry also met with Tampa Bay officials Wednesday night, leading to speculation that starter Matt Garza is on their radar. But a deal is unlikely and Rays executives were amused by the speculation.

"Matt Garza will be pitching for us," Rays manager Joe Maddon told the St. Petersburg Times.

The Cubs would have to part with three top prospects to pull off a deal. Garza made $3.35 million last year and stands to get a significant raise in arbitration. The Cubs have one or two openings in the rotation, depending on the health of Carlos Silva.

Oh really? Our speculation is amusing to you, Joe Maddon? Well guess what, jackwagon? We don't all get to live and breathe baseball 365 days a year like you do. So if we want to speculate, you can leave us to do it in peace without your smug comments. Jerkface.

Over at the Daily Herald, Bruce Miles reminds us that not all trades involve people we, or anyone, has heard of:

ORLANDO, Fla. _ Wrapping things up here at the winter meetings and we have a few updates at the bottom of the entry here. Everybody can rest easy. The Cubs did not lose third baseman Marquez Smith or anybody else in the major-league portion of the Rule 5 draft. They did select pitcher Mason Tobin from the Angels, but they turned around and traded him to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations. Didn't the Cubs do something like this a few years ago? Oh, yeah, Josh Hamilton.

The Cubs did lose pitchers Ronny Morla and Casey Lambert in the minor-league phase. Morla came to the Cubs from Oakland in the Jake Fox trade. Lambert has recovered from Tommy John surgery. He was a sixth-rounder in Tim Wilken's 2007 draft.

It's Trust Tree Friday here at LOHO, and you know the drill. Pick up your MP3 player, hit shuffle, and give us the first 5 songs that come up. No cheatsies.

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gravedigger said:

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This would make a great caption contest photo:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2010-12/58192095.jpg

To me, Quade always looks like he's recounting the horrors he saw in Vietnam.

plamorte said:

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"Paddycake, Paddycake, baker's man, Bake me a cake as fast as you can!"

Doc said:

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Did Julie call Joe Maddon a jackwagon? Oh my!

plamorte said:

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that's no way to treat our future (dream) Cubs manager!

Doc said:

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That's no way to treat a non-cardinals manager.

JulieDiCaro said:

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well, he was being all braggy and I wasn't in the mood for it.

Teebob2000 said:

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Do you know his frame of mind when he said that? Did you see video of him going "nyah nyah na-nyah nyah" after he made the comment? Or are you relying on the veracity of the "reporter" who relayed second-hand information in quoting a print source in accurately portraying Maddon as somehow mocking the Cubs? Sounded to me from the context like he was commenting more on the speculation about a trade, than he was knocking on the Cubs for supposedly inquiring about a trade.

I know today is shit-day in Cub-dom with Ronnie and all, but no need to take it out on Joe Maddon...

ELRaythar said:

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She also called him a jerkface. Double zing.

Rich Beckman said:

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Geez, I looked through the photo gallery and I'm crying again.

Last five songs on Pandora...

Longer Boats - Cat Stevens
You're So Vain - Carly Simon
Heal Over - KT Tunstall
America - Simon & Garfunkel
Overkill - Colin Hay

http://www.pandora.com/?sc=sh327791229974648967

Rich Beckman said:

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Geez, I looked through the photo gallery and I'm crying again.

Last five songs on Pandora...

Longer Boats - Cat Stevens
You're So Vain - Carly Simon
Heal Over - KT Tunstall
America - Simon & Garfunkel
Overkill - Colin Hay

http://www.pandora.com/?sc=sh327791229974648967

Rich Beckman said:

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Sorry for the double post.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Got out of court too late to make the funeral/drive-by, but watching on WGNTV right now. Alison Payne is crying. UGH.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Ron is making his approach to Wrigley one last time.

JulieDiCaro said:

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You can see the #10 flag through the roof of the hearse. Coming up on Wrigley now.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Coming down Addison, big crowd waiting under the Marquee. Lotsa big cheers!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Crowd at Wrigley sang "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" as Ron passed by. SNIFF!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Allison Payne has been snuffling through this whole thing. Painful to listen to.

JulieDiCaro said:

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One last huge cheer for Ron as his car stops at Clark & Addison. Ron would have loved this.

JulieDiCaro said:

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My iPod 5:

Viva La Vida: Coldplay
You Can't Take It With You: Kelly Willis
Suburban War: Arcade Fire
Rocky Mountain High: John Denver
Bright Lights, Bigger City: Cee Lo Green

JulieDiCaro said:

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They had to cut off the interview with Ronnie Woo Woo because he started doing his thing.

Doc said:

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Then what's the point of interviewing Ronnie Woo Woo? They shouldn't have even bothered then.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I lost a bunch of followers when I ripped on Ronnie Woo Woo today on Twitter. Hahahahaha!

Teebob2000 said:

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Ironic. I search for people knocking Ronnie Woo Woo on Twitter just so I can start following them.

plamorte said:

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it is crazy to me how many people I saw on twitter wishing him dead.

Annoying, yes. Attention whore, maybe. But I cut him some slack, the Cubs are probably all he has in this world for all we know, he deserves to be able to cheer for them anyway he wants and mourn about Santo too, just like the rest of us.

Teebob2000 said:

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That seems a *bit* harsh...

sloan peterson said:

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Day off-got up and am watching WGN. Loved Ronnie Woo-Woo...

Teebob2000 said:

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Nice show today. Enjoyed the "Ronnie" laughs.

Hustlelikereed said:

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Hi to everyone. New contributor, long time reader/follower.

Was sat watchin the funeral on MLB.com in Kuwait. Very moving. MLB cut off after the service finished; does anybody know where I can catch the continued coverage - especially the scenes outside Wrigley. Thank you.


Last 5 songs:
Michael Buble - Haven't met you yet
Saw Doctors - Tommy K
John Barry - Theme from Dr No
Manic Street Preachers - Design for Life
Saw Doctors - Bless Me Father

JulieDiCaro said:

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Welcome!

I'm sure, at some point, wgn.com or comcast.com will have the video up on their website. I'll keep an eye out for it and post the link when it's available.

Hustlelikereed said:

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Thank you very much.

sloan peterson said:

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One of my stories is what don drysdale told Santo:"When I step between the white lines, no one is my friend."That should be tatooed on any baseball player when they play in the major leagues...

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