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Cubs trophy tour helps you forget Trump tweets

  We were in line about 90 minutes Friday afternoon to stand next to the Chicago Cubs World Series Commissioner’s Trophy. I wiped politics from my mind. Baseball was in the 60 degree air in Omaha, Nebraska. Governor Pete Ricketts hosted the Trophy Tour stop at Westside High School, and politics were nowhere to be found. No... Read more »

It happened: What now?

The bar at the Billy Goat tavern was as good a place as any to end a memorable 2016. As one of the many forgettable college football bowl games played in the background over the constant buzz of chatter, this conversation might have taken place anytime in the last month. Turk: “I still can’t believe... Read more »

Cubs fans never were 'long-suffering'

Please stop with the “long-suffering” pity. Cubs fans shared disappointments, but we were never lost. From our first seconds as kids at Wrigley Field to the most recent warm, summer afternoons Chicago Cubs fans always remained loyal and optimistic. “Wait ’til next year” reflected our joy. We bonded with parents, friends, children and others in... Read more »
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Quiet Chicago moments

The hustle of downtown Chicago is noisy and nervous, but we can find quiet moments. Last Sunday night, we were among the massive Wrigley Field crowd buzzing late into the night about the historic season, as Cubs’ Catcher “Grandpa” David Ross thrilled the hopeful. A Southport Brown Line stop later, the sizzle faded into a... Read more »

Mr. Trump has a problem

Mr. Trump has a problem. Donald Trump’s most recent problem came in South Carolina. He appeared to mock a news reporter’s disability. Some say Trump’s largest problem is with women, as he is far from being a Bush “compassionate conservative.” His positions on immigration make this clear. My liberal friends, of course, use words like... Read more »

September political and baseball desperation

September is a hot and cold, desperate month. We come out of the long Labor Day weekend with kids back at school, candidates hoping to make a move, and baseball players and managers either fighting for a post-season spot or waiting until next year. So it is in 2015. The recent GOP presidential debate on... Read more »
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Would Chicago vote for Trump over Clinton?

Donald Trump continues to confound political pundits, and this leads me to ask: Would Chicago vote for Trump over Hillary Clinton? Even though Democrat Clinton was born in Park Ridge, her “terrible, crushingly bad” poll numbers make this a reasonable question. Clinton, the daughter of a store owner, campaigned for Barry Goldwater in 1964, but joined... Read more »

#LETSGO Cubs at the All-Star break

The Chicago Cubs #LETSGO hashtag represents the hopes, dreams and optimism of fans like me. Former President Bill Clinton once said politics is about the future, and Cubs fans understand this truth. The Cubs have a 47-40 record with a .540 winning percentage at the turn toward the second half of the season. They seem... Read more »

#LETSGO Cubs, Rahm and Chicago

The #LETSGO Cubs hashtag may read a bit too honest for modern public relations, as in: “The aging baby boomer ‘LETS GO’ of his dream of a Cubs World Series.” The opening night fiasco did, however, highlight urgency of a different kind. The Cubs slick Facebook movie, of course, avoided the bathroom problem that others... Read more »
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'Mr. Chicago' Cubs baseball legend Ernie Banks defined grace

The Sports Illustrated cover story on “Mr. Cub” and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “Mr. Chicago” title fall short of the essence of why Ernie Banks was important. Yes, number 14 “was — and remains — the heart and soul of the Wrigley faithful,” as SI put it. Yes, the 512 homeruns, including 47 in 1958, were... Read more »