Yesterday, compliments of JDRF I was able to spend a few hours at Wrigley Field. For someone who always dreamed about taking the field for the Cubs as a kid, this is as close as I will ever get. It was a surreal experience. We had a blast.
While there I bumped into owner Tom Ricketts. I said, "Hello, Tom". Somehow I was instantly on a first name basis. He stopped and looked me squarely in the eye. "Hello", he replied with a genuine smile across his face. It turns out my wife and I were lost on the concourse and he didn't just point to where we should go, he actually walked us there. Then, as he left to do whatever things that people who own baseball franchises do, he paused one more time for a picture. And then I asked him the question all us Cubs fan want to know...
"So...are we going to sign Albert Pujols?", I asked. As if he would tell me, of all people.
He looked at me again with that same smile and jokingly replied that we'd have to have another fundraiser for something like that.
He must have been asked that question (which, of course, he can't answer) a million times but he did handle it with a sense of humor. You have to when you're in his position, I guess. With that, he went his way and my wife and I went ours. It set the tone for what was an incredible evening at Wrigley Field.