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Pictures of My Day at Wrigley Field...and a Pujols Question for Tom Ricketts!

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.

 

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  • That's pretty special. Oh man I would have given anything to experience that as a child, would still be pretty cool nowadays however. Good for you.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    It was a lot of fun. There was a nice dinner afterward, plus speeches and tributes after the tour, and then a live auction for charity. All great stuff, but touring the park was the fun part, it brought out the kid in me.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Very cool story - once in a lifetime expereince - I'm very jealous. You should have demanded they fire Hendry when you had the chance!!!

  • In reply to Cubswininallin2011:

    I had Ricketts ear for a while and I thought about all the things I could have said -- and I debated whether it was the right setting for it. Ultimately I only asked him one baseball related question -- which he was well-prepared to side step!

  • In reply to Cubswininallin2011:

    Very Cool John, I'm Jealous for real. Stepping out on the field must have been pretty sweet.

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