Our dear friend: Adam “Felzzy" Fels

Our dear friend: Adam “Felzzy" Fels

It is with a heavy heart that I pass along this news.  Our good friend and colleague Adam "Felzzy" Fels passed away last night.

Adam was one of Cubs Den's first readers and when the blog grew too big for  me to handle on my own, he volunteered his unique brand of recaps in our comments section.  They were hilarious.  He made us laugh when we should have been crying.  He developed a cult following here.  I am not exaggerating when I say we have readers that read Adam and only Adam.

And with good reason.

We at Cubs Den tend to be analytical, often trying to remove ourselves from passion to give you a calculated, reasoned analysis, but Adam was the yin to our yang.  His passion for the Cubs was evident in his writing,  He went straight for the gut.  He told it as he saw it.  One of his favorite things to say was that if he didn't make someone upset, then he was doing something wrong.

We enjoyed reading his encyclopedic knowledge of music and pop culture.  Sooner or later, he was going to find that one reference that made you remember a time you had long forgotten.   He brought many of us together through those memories, constantly reminding us how much we all have in common not just as fans, but as human beings who in some way or another are connected with each other, no matter how small that connection might be.

Yet there was much more to Adam than that.  I was lucky enough to get to know him as a person and I can say this with absolutely no hesitation:  You could not get to know Adam and not like him.  It was simply not possible.    He was intelligent and witty, yet he always treated people with kindness and respect. He was and is a good soul and I am a better person for having known him.

We will miss you Adam.  Rest in peace, but don't forget to ruffle a few feathers up there.



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  • John

    Very sorry to hear this sad news. I wish the best to his family and friends in coping with this sudden loss. Cubs Den will move on but it won't be the same without him. " Hey Rookie, you were good"

  • Wow... what sad news. RIP. We will miss you

  • Wow, so sad to hear this. Prayers go out to his family. Felzzy will be missed.

  • I'm sorry John. I was looking forward to his future articles when we reached the promised land. He's reached it first.

  • Sorry to hear this. My thoughts go out to his family. Always enjoyed his take on wins and losses. Sunday mornings won't be the same.

  •'ll be missed

  • Wow. I never met him but I'll miss him.

  • Thank you everyone for the wonderful words. I appreciate it and I know his family will as well.

  • God bless you Felzz. His brand of humor was definitely one of a kind and he made game recaps much easier to take during the losses. I will miss him for sure-

  • Wow! RIP Adam..

    My thoughts go out to his family.

  • RIP - Adam 'Felzz' Fels. A loss even to those of us here who only knew him via the Blog to be sure. More so for his friends and family.

    My thoughts and best wishes go out those who knew and loved the guy.

    I personally was looking forward to hearing his take on this Cubs team for years to come as they moved toward the potential we all know is coming.

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    Sad New! I have read this blog daily for many years now and never posted. Even though I never knew Felzzy, I connected with his writing. I will miss his knowledge of baseball, good taste In music and wit. Huge loss for the Den! To all his family and friends, know he left a mark with his talented writing. Onwards.

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  • Holy sh*t? My thoughts are with him and with you all.

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    How sad! I don't post often but read daily.
    He will be missed.

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    This is so sad to hear. Felz seemed to find the good in every game no matter how much it was bad watch. His brand of humor and witty musical references always struck a cord with me and others. Today now has become a Kris Kristofferson day. Sunday Morning coming Down anyone?

  • In reply to Richard Hood:

    Thank you. I think Adam would have appreciated a good musical reference.

  • Omg. That is terrible! I didn't know him, but I feel like I just lost a friend. Hopefully there are no toothless inbred Cardinal fans where he is now! I'll miss you Fellz!

  • Horrible news to start the week. I was always impressed with how Felzzy continued to improve as a writer and looked forward to having brunch with him every weekend. He will be missed around here, but hopefully he gets to pick the soundtrack for his next stop.

  • What a shock! I thought he was just under the weather. Wow! He was pretty funny.

  • This is horrible. John, is there anyway to link his obit here when it comes available? I think we'd all like that.

  • In reply to copinblue:

    Yes, I think we can do that as long as it is ok with his family.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones. While John and others bring a wonderful analytical edge to this site Felz was able to capture more of the emotional edge. He will be missed as will his pop culture references. RIP felzy.

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    Wow... I am so sorry to hear this news. What a loss. You will be missed Adam. To your Family - it was a pleasure reading his work and getting a look into his passion for all things Cubs! He had a great way with people on this Blog. Wow

  • Wow, this is terrible news. Always enjoyed the Felzzy posts, which made watching losing a little easier. Wish we'd be able to read them in the upcoming winning seasons as well... Onwards.

  • Cubs Den lost a good one...RIP Felzzy.

  • He'll be missed. He always kept the recaps informative and funny. Condolences to John and those that knew him.

  • I am shocked and saddened. I loved his descriptions of Card fans and would frequently forward them to relatives who were fans of other teams. His taste in music was impeccable. I feel I have lost a long-time Pen Pal.

    My deepest condolences to his brother and the rest of his family.

  • Had he been sick or was this sudden? Really really sad news.

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    Very sad. No Cubs game was complete without his recap. The loses were and never any fun, but he at least helped you to laugh at them. ONWARDS.

  • A terrible shock. A fair wind home to the delightful Mr. Fels. So sorry.

  • So sorry to hear about this news. Felz was a talented writer and I really enjoyed his recaps. He brought a unique style which balanced out this blog in a significant way. I looked forward to reading his recaps every day. He will be missed.

  • RIP Felz, always enjoyed your take and humor on the cubs. You will be missed.

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    RIP Felz. I always enjoyed his posts on here & I'm sure his family is crushed! Even his small contributions in life (to this blog) were appreciated by many. Our thoughts are with you all (Felz' fam).

  • heartfelt symphaties to all of his familiy and friends. he will be missed by many on this blog, i am sure. me personally, i was eagerly looking forward to his recaps after each and every depressing game...

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    Adam posted this to his Facebook account last week. It seems appropriate today.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Thanks for the link, heartfelt

  • Wow! I'm stunned. Absolutely a great writer who loved the Cubs and showed it through unique style and humor...a really talented guy. I miss him already. RIP, Felzzy. Condolences to the family.

  • No, no, no...
    I don't remember the last time I shed tears for someone I've never met. RIP Felz...

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    In reply to TokyoCraig:


  • Way too soon. My thoughts and prayers go out to all his friends and family.

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. I always enjoyed his movie and song references. He will be missed every.

  • Just made an account to say how much this punched me in the gut getting this news.

    My thoughts go out to Adam's family, friends and to you John as I imagine you got to know him like a brother.

    So for your loss and sorry for our loss as well.

    Rest in peace, Adam 'Felzzy' Fels.

  • There are few people that could make a complete catastrophe of a defeat (and oh, how there have been many the last few years) enjoyable, but he made it so. Not once did anything he posted come off as having the vibe of anything but a conversation you'd have with a friend, be it discussing the game you missed, or just catching up with them on the weekend.

    My condolences go out to his family, as he passed well before his time. He was a rare breed, and I'm glad we all got to enjoy the comedic jadedness he was able to bring to us.

    See you on the other side, Felzzy, and thanks for everything. Onwards.

  • Sad & shocked, my prayers go out to his family. Our family here at Cubs Den will miss him and his writing.

  • Reading everyone's comments here reminds me of just what a wonderful reading community this is. Thank you for all the kind words and support.

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    So terrible to hear. I also have never posted but have been a loyal follower of the den for years. RIP Felzzy you will be missed! At least I heard they still carry Cubs games on WGN in heaven! Miss you brother!

  • Felzz knew what it feels like, deep inside, to be a Cubs fan. You could tell by the words he wrote. Somewhere in Cub fan heaven, i.e., in Wrigley Field heaven, Felzz is throwing an opponent's home run ball back onto the field with a few choice words to accompany it. I loved your articles so much, Felzz!

  • In reply to Tinker Evers Chance:

    Great description of Cub-fan heaven, TEC. I think everyone on this board probably has a friend or family member who wanted to see the Cubs win one once before they passed and tragically could not (my 89yo Grandad held out as long as he could!). I imagine something like you described for their heaven. With a few breaks and some more good moves, hopefully, not many more will pass before experiencing it!)

    I think it is that loyalty to the Cubs that kind of connects all of us. You can be any color, any religion, go to any college, vote for any party and yet if you are a long-suffering cubs fan I always feel like there is at least one strong bond that can allow us to put any other differences aside and have a beer and really talk (prob mostly about cubby baseball).

    Felzz, I think, was a perfect symbol of that and it is apparent how much he will be missed. And missed not just because he was an insightful, funny and and talented blogger, but because he (through his writing) embodied that loyalty and dedication necessary to be a dyed-in-the-wool Cubs fan.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that though I never met Felzz, I feel like after reading him for a long while, I feel that had I sat next to him at a bar with the game on, we would have a good 'ol time talking baseball for a couple hours (or beers).

    Onwards and upwards, Felzz!

  • This really saddens me. I thoroughly enjoyed his writing so much and always looked forward to his articles. Such a loss. Our prayers are with his family. I hope he's singing Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request with Steve Goodman right now

  • Indeed, very sad. I am "still missing" "StillMissKennyHubbs" and now this! Like several here I never met either but grew fond of them through this blog. My favorite spot for "brunch". All of you folks, take care of yourselves!

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    Long time reader, first time poster. I don't need to post here because you succinctly sum up my opinions and there is nothing I can add to the discussion.

    If Adam's family is reading this I just want them to know how his writings always put a smile on my face and how much that meant to me on Sunday morning. Nobody could re-purpose a Tom Waits lyric as well as Adam could. Rest in peace.

  • I'm so very sorry.

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    Awful news. John, is there some way we can set up a link or something to donate to his family? I'd gladly give what I can. If we all could just chip in just a little, it'd be great. As much knowledge and laughter Felz has given me on this blog, it only feels right that I can give something back.

  • In reply to Price Harrell:

    Thank you Price. That is something that I would have to discuss with his family. I'm sure they would be touched by the gesture.

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    Sad day for Cub nation. So sorry for the loss!

  • So saddened to hear about this. My prayers go out to the family and friends of what I found to be a good man. Though i never met him, I could tell from Adam's writings about his father and brother that he came from a loving home.
    I'll honestly think of you when the Cubs win it all Adam.

  • So very sorry to hear the news. I will keep his family in my prayers. I'll definitely miss reading the recaps, Felzzy was exactly what the doctor ordered especially after a tough loss.

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    If there was ever a doubt that the Den has become more than just a blog this day has removed it.

    John just in case man. Thank you for all you do to bring us fans a place to discuss and debate the topics of the day.

    God Bless You.

  • In reply to Richard Hood:

    'I love this bar'

  • In reply to 44slug:

    It's great you say that, 44slug. When I created Cubs Den I always envisioned it as a virtual bar where we can all get together and talk Cubs. There may be some disagreements but in the end, we can put it aside, reconvene the next day and have another "beer" together. Adam was a big part of that.

  • In reply to Richard Hood:

    Thank you Richard. This community we have here is simply outstanding. The outpouring here of support for Adam and his family is beautiful to read.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    It really is, John!! I'm still numb with shock and disbelief. I can not even imagine the horrific sense of loss that Sam must be feeling about now.

    I remember a TCI pregame thing he did when the Hawks were in Columbus. Sam made it a point to say something like, "If you see my brother tell him I miss him."

    Damn this sucks!!

  • In reply to MoneyBoy:

    Indeed. They were very close.

  • First time poster. Felzz will not be forgotten. Amazing writer. Always made you feel like you were recapping a game with a buddy and a beer, taking tangents and references from the world around you. Felzz will be missed.

  • I always hoped to meet Felz. RIP. Very sad day.

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    I'm stunned to hear this. What an awful way to start the day and the week.

    I feel that one didn't need to know Felzz personally to realize what a special person he was. His game recaps were truly something that could only be produced by a singular mind and spirit. I rarely got to commenting on his posts, and I never got in touch with him directly, but his writing had become something I cherished fondly and, alongside John's minor league recaps and Cubs Den posts in general, a part of my daily routine I was always eager to get to. I'm not sure he was aware of that, but his jokes about our loveable team's struggles were able to make someone 5000 miles away a little happier every day.

    Rest in peace, Felzz.

  • I can't think of anyone I never met who gave me more consistent smiles than Adam. And the memories he brought back were wonderful. We had the same taste in music and I will miss his musical references. Thoughts and prayers to his family. He was one of a kind.

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    What terrible news. Life always seems to take the good ones too soon. To see the effect he has had on so many of us I think is a testament to the quality person he was. RIP Felzz you will missed

  • Really sad news. The funny thing about Adam, is my girlfriend is a real female competitive mat wrestler.

    I told her to read some of his headlines on this site, and writing style, as I told her I felt this guy has good "copywriting" skills. So, a month or two ago, I go into the "about" section for the very first time, and I find out Adam IS a copywriter who has done ads for Huggies and many others.

    The guy knew how to write and it showed.

    I emailed him and we were supposed to meet soon as I was wanting to pick his brain and I was hoping he was going to pick mine.

    Really in shock over this. Very sad news.

  • Shocking. Stunned. So Very Sad.

    This is a huge loss to all Cub Fandom. I so loved his writing, his insight, his passion. I never met Felzzy, but over the last two years I feel like I got to know him very well. Just the other day I commented on how I was so much looking forward to the joy of Felzz's recaps once this rebuild started to reap the huge returns we are all expecting and anticipating.

    My condolences to the Fels family, to all his friend, to the Cubs Den Family and to John. May his memory be eternal.

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    Very sorry to read this. I read in the recap this weekend that he was sick, I just assumed it was the flu and it wouldn't be long before I'd be reading his stuff again.
    My deepest sympathies to his family.

  • RIP felzzy. just awful news.

  • Goodness, I'm very sorry and surprised to hear this. All of the best wishes to both his family here and the equally excellent Blackhawks blog, The Committed Indian, where his brother wrote. I wish Mr. Fels and his family peace.

  • So so sorry to hear this. I loved his writting, looked forward to sunday brunch every week. Soul taken much too early.

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    I am so shocked and saddened by the news. Prayers for Adam and the Fels family. Rest in peace. Give 'em hell up in heaven, Felzy

  • My condolences, he will be missed.

  • Longtime reader, first time poster. I usually don't read team specific blogs because a lot of the lack quality. This blog has been a delightful exception and the community here is one of the best on the internet. Felzz was a huge part of that.

  • In reply to Chupacabra:

    Thank you.

  • I have been a reader for quite a while and made a few posts, but I never thought I would read what I read this morning. Very shocking and sad. I grew to love reading the game recaps from Felz' even though I rarely understood the music references. I am too old and did not recognize many of the phrases. But somehow, that just made me value the reading that much more. I like this blog because I learn things I would never otherwise know. I trust the knowledge and expertise of the writers as solid, true, information. I see opinions from passionate Cubs fans like myself and do not feel alone in my hope for the future of this franchise. I found companionship in someone who could accurately describe the single cell attributes of Cardinal fans everywhere. I send my most sincere condolences to Felz' family and hope God will be close to them in this time. As a sign of respect, I will from this time on always end any post I make with the simple word, "onward." For it accurately reflects what this blog is about. Our belief, our passion, our desire to see the Cubs in a World Series. I salute you Felz! Onward!

  • Very sorry to read this news. I didn't know him personally but, like most others here, thoroughly enjoyed his unique style and use of humor to express his views. My condolences to his family and all those who knew him.

  • This is devastating news. I'm so sorry for the loss, both in his family and the Cubs community.

  • This is shocking... Real shocking and sad...Prayers to Fels' family.

    I got to talk a lot to him and enjoy his unique style, he gave Cubs Den a different side that created a nice opposite chemistry to John's style or anyone else's style for that matter.

    I didn't know Adam on a personal level, I don't have him on my facebook, I scout twitter but I don't even have a twitter account, I don't have his email... But what I do know through his writing is that he could not wait for the time when Theo stopped rebuilding and actually started winning, he was done with the rebuilding for a while and wanted to see a winner.

    We owe it to Felzy, to remember him if and when that winner is finally put there out on the field.

    We will miss his recaps, his music/TV remarks and his unique sense of humor (honestly, more often than not I would smile and wonder "how the heck did he come up with that?").

    Anyway, RIP, Felzy... May you enjoy a Cubs WS from heaven.

  • So sorry, he will be missed. He made light, may his spirit guide ours. Onwards.

  • Terrible news. My thoughts go out to his family and his friends. I'll miss his wit, his way with words, and the way he seemed to always echo my thoughts regarding the Cubs. RIP Adam.

  • OMG. I felz like beating up Marty Brenaman. Say it ain't so.

  • First time poster. Every morning, one of the first things I do after arriving at my work desk is sign on to Cubs Den to check out and read what is new with our beloved Cubs. Once I read the post, along with all the comments, I begin my work day. Today was no different until I read the news about Felzz. Instead of work I sit here stunned and sad about someone I was connected by our shared love of the Cubs and Rock n' Roll. While I am 100% behind the rebuild as someone who will be 57 in a few weeks I wonder, at times, if I'll be around to celebrate that World Series championship that is on its way. I watched an outstanding program, on HBO I believe, about sports in America. One of the segments was centered on the Red Sox finally winning the World Series in 2004. They interviewed a middle-aged gentleman who told about visiting the cemetery where his father was buried. He arrived shortly after the Sox completed their sweep of the Cardinals. Not long after he got to the grave site he was approached by a police officer. He began to apologize and explaining why he was there. The officer told him to relax and take a look around. When he did, he realized the cemetery was packed with Red Sox fans sharing a moment or two with loved ones who had moved on from this world. I'm not afraid to admit I tear up every time I see that. And then I begin wondering if I'll be doing the visiting or being visited. No way of knowing, of course, but now we do know that Felzz has gone on to a place where the Cubs haven't lost a World Series in over 100 years. And if I am lucky enough to be around when the Cubs do capture that elusive World Series championship, I will take a moment, or two, and think about Felzz and all the other Cubs fans not around to celebrate with us and take a big, long drink of whatever I'm holding in their honor. Like so many other posters before me today, I will end with a musical dedication to Felzz. The song is Jackson Browne's For A Dancer, my go-to song in times like this.
    "Keep a fire burning in your eyes
    And pay attention to the open sky
    You never know what will be coming down
    . . . . . .
    'Cause I know you'd rather we'd be dancing
    Dancing our sorrows away
    No matter what fate chooses to play
    There's nothing you can do about it anyway."

    So long Fellz. You will be missed!

  • In reply to CyHawk23:

    Thank you for this wonderful post.

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    In reply to CyHawk23:

    That was a beautiful homage. I'm glad you decided to post a comment for the first time.

  • In reply to CyHawk23:

    I really enjoyed that CyHawk.

  • In reply to CyHawk23:

    I'll add my two cents... Thank you for a moving, wonderful post CyHawk!!

  • In reply to CyHawk23:

    Amazing post.

  • What horrible news. Felzz's words were a breath of fresh air and a must read. Condolences to his family, he will be dearly missed at Cubs Den.

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    A sad day for the Cubs Den community. Adam definitely brought a unique perspective to the site. I know that when he first started doing recaps I wasn't a big fan, but his style definitely grew on me over time. He will be missed. God's blessings and comfort to the Fels family!

  • RIP-Fellz!!

  • This really rocked me this morning. Very, very sad news. I loved how his humorous tone was also woven in with passionate sincerity and real insights. Thoughts to his family and friends.

  • I can only echo what others have said here so eloquently. After painful Cubs losses I eagerly read what Felzz had to say, and it took a lot of the edge off. Like us, he was a fan, win or lose.

    Like all of us, I'll miss him.

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    What a shock!!! Prayers go out to the family....He was so clever and such a great writer....

    We need to appreciate every day that we have in this life!

  • Such sad news! My initial response was to say "i SO loved how you & he complimented each other on here- the perfect blend", & then I thought- wait, am I sad for ME because I loved reading his recaps- isn't life is bigger than a kids game? But, no, I knew him only through his writing and, as you described in ACTUALLY getting to know him, you couldn't get to know him without loving him! He had a gift that connected to me, so I felt like I ACTUALLY knew him.

    Thoughts & prayers to his family & friends & to you, john. We've lost a member of this cub family you've created.

  • In reply to MikeyB:

    Indeed, the mark of a good writer. He had the ability to go beyond the news and connect with people.

  • wow.. RIP FELZZY

  • Wow, what a blow to the gut. Like most, I never met Felzz, but felt that I knew him personally. I always felt bad for Adam because John gets to write about the bright future of this franchise, while he was stuck writing about the present incarnation. I've always appreciated his willingness to poke a little fun, whether it be at the Cubs, John and his scotch habit/nerd flu, or a reader or two. To me it showed his true affection for those around him. I also greatly appreciated his honesty and occasional frustration with the rebuild. He was nothing if not witty, bright, sentimental, and real.

    Onwards, good buddy. I often think about the piece you wrote a couple seasons back, a recap of a division clinching game for a future Cubs team. I know that I will be thinking of you if/when the Cubs make it to the series.

  • In reply to TheSinisterUrge:

    I told Adam very recently that nobody deserves to write about a winning Cubs team more than he does. When the Cubs win, it will be hard not to think of him.

  • RIP Felzzy

  • John,

    I am so sorry for your loss. A sad day for all Chicago fans.

  • Admittedly, I didn't read Felzzy's column everyday, but I was looking forward to reading them more and more as the Cubs get better over the next few years and most importantly, I was looking forward to reading the one after we got the 27th out of the last game of the year.

    RIP Felzzy - May you have a front row seat upstairs for the big event when it happens.

  • I'm not even sure what to say. This news really has hit me hard. I looked forward to Felz' posts and recaps of Cubs games and had recently felt a bit "off" just because he hadn't been posting too many recaps lately. The Anarchists' Brunch and his constant sense of humor as well as humanizing of this rebuilding process will be dearly, dearly missed. So sad for his friends and family... and for all of us. As John Donne once wrote:
    No man is an island,
    Entire of itself.
    Each is a piece of the continent,
    A part of the main.
    If a clod be washed away by the sea,
    Europe is the less.
    As well as if a promontory were.
    As well as if a manor of thine own
    Or of thine friend's were.
    Each man's death diminishes me,
    For I am involved in mankind.
    Therefore, send not to know
    For whom the bell tolls,
    It tolls for thee.

  • In reply to Pura Vida:

    Great poem. Thank you Pura Vida.

  • Felzzy will certainly be missed. Cubs games have not been complete until there was an opportunity to read Felzzy's game recap. I loved his sense of humor and most of the time he echoed what so many of us thought about the Cubs. His loss will make the world a little drabber place. Best wishes to his family and friends.

  • Rest in peace Felz, prayers and condolences to his family, feel like I just lost my right arm. Read daily, Adam will be missed.

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    Felzzy will definitely be missed. When the Cubs finally win it all, I will have a drink in his honor.

  • In reply to Louie101:

    Any ideas what it is that Fels himself would have been tipping back? Would love to do the same with an appropriate beverage.

    I know my Grandpa would have been hitting the Wild Turkey in celebration - and while I don't care for the stuff myself - will plan on having a small sample for him when that day comes.

  • Very sad and shocking to hear. In a time where most journalists writing about the Cubs made my want to puke from all there negativity, Felzzy was able capture my imagination an make me laugh by the way he was able to mix his Cubs recaps with witty comedy. Truly a great writer and will be sorely missed.

  • felzz gave me a lot of laughs and relief from some terrible losses. I remember his father's day story about his shirtless dad taking him to a game and giving some players hell... one of my favorites.

  • I wish I had gotten the chance to thank him for making Cubs recaps fun to read. He was a great writer and had a terrific sense of humor.

    Please let his family know how much we all respected, appreciated, and will miss him.

    Cubs Den,
    Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers to whomever you choose to pray to.

  • Sometime when friends and I get together we like to talk about who we'd like to have as a dinner guest. We get pretty creative and like to avoid the low hanging fruit of picking movie stars and other famous people. Rather, who would you really want to have a diner conversation with? Who would have something to say and say it well? Felzzy would have been up there for me. His vast knowledge of the Cubs, music, life, and good humor would have kept that dinner conversation going well past the desert was finished.

    Here's to you Adam, cheers wherever you are!

  • I'm stunned. Admittedly, I didn't like some of the nicknames he gave to players, and his brand of humor didn't necessarily come off at times for me, but you could tell that he bled Cubbie blue and wanted the team to succeed as much as anyone else here. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

  • I'm stunned as well. I always liked his humor and insight about the Cubs . He was a very talented writer and I am saddened by his passing. Pass my condolences to his family John.

  • What a huge loss for the Cubs Nation. Felzz was quite simply amazing. He made staunch, fanatical Cubs followers read about their sometimes pathetic, last place team who had just suffered an embarrassing loss to an undeserving rival...and put a huge smile on our faces.

    My thoughts and condolences to Adam's family and friends. May you find some comfort knowing how many of us, so many that have never even met him, held him in such great respect. He was exceptional.

    This blog has breathed new life into me as a Cubs fan. Thank you all for what you do. Sadly but strongly... Onwards.

  • My sincere condolences to Felzzy's family and friends which of course includes you John. His unique writing style and sharp humor sometimes covered up a great feel for the game and the Cubs. He was terrific at reading the body language of some players and extrapolating from it. Only an example. ONWARDS

  • In reply to JimmyLeeMcMath:

    Thank you Jimmy.

    I wish I could respond to each and everyone of you out there, but I am reading all of these and I am blown away by your support. I know his family is as well. Thanks again, everyone.

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    Sad news! RIP Felzzy. Sunday morning brunch and the daily recaps will not be the same without you. You had a gift and I thank you for sharing that gift with the rest of us.

  • You will be missed dearly Felzzy. My Sunday brunches will never be the same. We will all miss your great writtings. Prayers and condolences to all your family. Will be thinking of you when that WS Championship happens. Wish I would have met you! I felt like I did know you. ONWARDS MY FRIEND!!!!!!!!!

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    OMG. So sad to lose a member of the Den. Sending prayers to his family in this difficult time. He will be missed.

  • This is sad news, indeed. Condolences to his family and friends. Although I am sure that 90% of his pop culture references went right past me, I enjoyed his recaps very much. That's good writing when the reader's failure to note a reference does not prevent the reader from being able to read with pleasure.

    I only hope this gives Felzz a great seats for the Cubs World Series.

    Every day is a gift.


  • Absolutely gutted. Adam & his recaps were very often the highlight of my day. Such a funny man with great taste in music. And someone who bled Cubbie blue. My deepest condolences to his friends and family.

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    Very sorry to here this John. I enjoyed his column. Prayers out to everyone at Cubs Den and to Felz family. RIP Adam

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    I'm in shock. My jaw throbs from being tense with sadness from the loss of a person I never met but knew. Onwards.

  • Wow this sucks. Horrible news.

    I never met him but man was he funny. I especially liked his Father's Day piece he wrote about his father. Made me laugh out loud and smile.

    You'll be missed!

  • I loved Felzzy's manic, percolating, edgy humor. He didn't set out to offend, but when he did he was gracious and never defensive - a remarkable quality. I really took note of this and learned from it.

  • Was he sick? I mean outside of your post yesterday, I had no clue that anything was wrong with him. This is a gut punch to say the least. So sad to read this.

  • In reply to JB88:

    He had been feeling ill of late, but obviously none of us expected this. Still shocked and still very saddened by the news.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    When I first read the headline I hoped it was a Felzzy prank. It just seems so absolutely sudden.

  • No one could turn a horrid Cubs performance into something to laugh about like Felzz. Like many here, I never met him but I felt like I knew him and will miss him. Lets raise a glass to him today, as well as the day when his beloved Cubbies win it all.

  • In reply to JerryMartin28:

    Well said.

  • RIP Adam, and thanks for the education and entertainment.


  • Wow. Just wow. What a curve ball on Monday morning.

    Aside from being absolutely hilarious, Felzz was an excellent writer. And as a rock-n-roll aficionado I always appreciated his obscure and obvious references. Man this makes me sad. I don't know if he had a family or how old he was or anything but my thoughts are with his loved ones, wherever you may be.

  • Tragic news. Although I haven't been here for too long and didn't know Adam I enjoyed reading his work. His witty humor always made me crack a smile especially after losses in typical Chicago Cubs manner.

    My condolences to his family and friends.

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    So true- Jerry Martin! I would go to his post after the latest loss, and Adam would also provide a chuckle or two...The world needs more folks who provide humor...what a gift he had!

  • R.I.P. - May ample comfort be given to his friends and family !

  • Heard the terrible news on the Score. Spiegel and Rosner echoed what is in the comments section here. Fellz recaps were the Cubs version of the Buffone-O'Bradovich post game shows. I anticipated them no matter how good or bad the game. My thoughts to family, friends and fellow Denizens. To a Cubs WS title, onwards.

  • In reply to Greggie Jackson:

    That is wonderful that he was recognized. I know he and Matt got along well because of their tastes in music and their love of baseball.

  • I am sorry, Tom. I had hardly knew Adam; yet grew to know his love of all things Cub and the music that came about his life. I caught some of his musical selections, yet most of them did not, including some (most) of his Beattles selections. My having come on to the music scene in the mid sixties I would have liked to have seen first hand THROUGH HIM how I ended up missing on some of his selections where he would have undoubtedly brought me up to speed as he did so wonderfully in his recaps. Adam? You will be missed. *sigh*

  • Rest i peace. We'll miss and remember you!

  • Rest in peace. We'll miss and remember you!

  • This is so shocking and so sad. My heart goes out to his family and to those, like John, who were fortunate enough to know him personally. It was obvious even from afar what a special person he was. Onwards, indeed.

  • RIP felzzy. I was so happy when I came across this site a few years ago. Through this site, I found Adam's brother's Hawks blog. I feel like I lost a good friend and I never had the pleasure of meeting Adam. My condolences to the entire Fels family and hope there's a way all the Cubs Den community can give back to a man who gave so much to all of us.

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    Rip Fellzy you will be missed by many but forever remembered by all of us Denziens

  • I adored your humor Felzy RIP.

  • What a shock.
    What a bummer.
    What a hole he leaves.

    RIP, Adam.

  • Dear Felzz,

    This is too soon. This is too sudden. I miss your Anarchist Brunch and your Tuesdays With Felzzy already. Your recaps were exactly what we needed - solid commiseration for our pain. You could articulate our frustration like nobody else, but you never walked away. You kept your loyalty. You kept on hoping. You kept us laughing about it. You didn't get all caught up in the Cubbie Coolaid of the future with all of these prospects, you just wanted to see a solid team on the field today, a team that could compete... And what's wrong with that?

    I lost my father 3 weeks ago. He spent 83 years hoping and wanting this team to win. If there is any consolation here, may it be that you didn't have to suffer waiting as long as him, or as long as some of us. Where you're going, the Cubs are winning the World Series every day. Harry's in the booth, Ronnie's playing third. And you get to see what Mordecai 3-Finger Brown can do with a baseball, and watch Hack Wilson swing the lumber half-drunk and smiling. That's gotta be cool.

    God, we'll miss you. May you abide in the light of peace and happiness, and... do us a favor: send some luck the Cubs' way some time in the next few years when they need it the most.

  • Shocked by the news. Never met him and yet so impacted by this. As he would often finish his write-ups, this one word is quite appropriate today, Onwards, Felzzy, onwards...

  • A tip of the cap to you Felzzy! We had never met, but I feel like I lost a friend today.

    Felzzy, you will be enshrined in my baseball writers Hall Of Fame!

    God bless you and yours brother!

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    R.I.P. Adam Fels. Loved reading your articles, man. A great presence on this blog.

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    In reply to Luke Slabaugh:

    Well put.

  • Every time I went to the door, I hoped he was home. Usually, he was there to greet me and we'd talk and share some laughs about a couple of things we both enjoyed - baseball, the Cubs in particular, and music. Then I would reach out to the many others who sought his words and companionship, and hear what they had to say about their conversations with him. Every day I took for granted he'd be there. Especially on Sundays. Then one day I visited but the door was padlocked and the windows were boarded up. There was no note or forwarding address, and I faced the cold reality that things would not be quite the same, for he was gone.

    I never had the good fortune to actually meet Adam Fels. However, I believe that I got to know him pretty well, and although we never corresponded in person outside of the Cubs Den, that he got to know and understand me. It's a strange feeling when you feel the loss of someone whom you only "knew" through their writing. That's the loss I feel today.

    It is my hope that the Fels family, in their time of sorrow, receive some consolation by knowing that the thoughts and prayers of many people across the land are with them, and that the words of their loved one brought laughter and joy to many, even some obscure ex-Chicagoan living in Kansas. Life is short, and is a treasure to be cherished. May each of us take the time to apply our unique gifts in honoring Adam's memory by using our minds, wit and energy to benefit the lives of those around us. Onwards.

  • In reply to kansasblackhawk:

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ and double ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • In reply to kansasblackhawk:

    Thanks for this thoughtful post KBH.

  • In reply to kansasblackhawk:

    Nicely said KBH, I'm glad you were able to put into words how many of us feel about Felzy.

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    In reply to kansasblackhawk:

    Fantastic post, kb. You so eloquently stated what many of us are feeling, I'm sure.

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    A day later, I'm still in shock and numb. The first thing I did when I read the horrible news was go to and share the news with Sam and the people who, like Cub fans, are die hard Blackhawk fans.

    I can't even begin to speak to how often I looked forward. these last few years, to coming to the Den and reading Adam's recap. Whether it was the headline or the article itself - I never left without a hearty laugh. A writer in my own right, it's a real gift to make an every day even like a baseball game - esp. with as many losses as we've had - dissolve into full belly laughs.

    Like so many others I never met Adam. As so many others have said - I felt like I knew Felzzy. Damn!! This is like the Cubs losing to... um... yeah, that!

    Sam, John, Mike, and everyone here... Life is so, so short. This community is so precious. Our shared affliction is as well. Kiss someone you love today - like every day - and let them know how precious they are to you!

    # tears Onwards!!

  • Such a loss. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

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    RIP Felzzy. I will miss the recaps, especially the headlines.

  • In reply to Gregory Shriver:

    Yeah, his headlines were hilarious.

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    Sad day indeed. What ill miss is the brutal honesty with which he talked about this team. No sugar coating, just a true fans feeling when things were good and bad. Sorta reminded me of harry and santo in that regard, Which is the highest compliment i can pass on.... Thoughts go out to his friends and family.

  • Sunday morning paper, cup of coffee, iPad, Felzz and a bit of anarchy. Every week.

    No more. So sad. Miss him already.

  • Terrible news and a terrible loss. Fels was such a singular talent -- I often wondered when would he run out of song references/witty nicknames and wonderful, original turns of a phrase that he pumped out with the regularity of an automated production line. Really? Really?


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    RIP Adam. Great writer, better guy. Adam will be missed.

  • I'm just another silent reader of this site, but what a shock.

    As a big music fan myself, I always looked forward to his Sunday listening selections in the Anarchist's Brunch. The Beatles were frequent picks for him so the first thing I thought of was the last line of the last song they recorded:

    "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."

    You didn't know me, but rest in peace, Adam.

  • Very sad news. My condolences to Felzz' family and friends. His skillful wordplay and passion for the Cubs brought great entertainment to many fans here.

  • Oh, this is terrible. The thoughts and prayers of this whole community will be with his famil.

  • Wow, what a punch in the gut to read this. Felz added so much to this blog. I never met him but admired him for his Cubs passion and his zany take on each of the Cubs games he reported on. I like to read a lot, especially via the web. Sometimes the best thing I've read on a partcular day was Felz's Cubs recap. He will be missed...

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    Seems so unfair for someone so passionate about the Cubs, to come so close to seeing that WS trophy hoisted at Wrigley. If he could just held on another couple of years - an instant, in the arc of time - he would have died with a smile on his face. Here's to Felzz, Steve goodman, Ron santo and all the other great Cub fans that won't be here when it happens.

  • I found out on Saturday that a colleague I had worked closely with was found dead in his home. I was floored and terribly saddened by the news. I've never met Adam but had the same reaction when I opened my browser a few minutes ago. Even though I have a different style and thought process, his work meant so much to me and so many others. I feel that we really got to know Adam through his writings and really feel for his family. Felzzy, I'll never read another recap or have Sunday brunch without thinking of you.

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    RIP Felzzy. No matter how the Cubs did and lets face lately it wasn't good. I was always excited to read the Fels recap. Always enjoyable, always funny. It won't feel the same having no recap after next game. It's a real loss for every Cubs fan. I hope the Beatles are always playing at the big brunch in the sky.

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    I'm at a loss for words. I so regret not making the trip from Indy to Chicago last winter to discuss all things Cubs and meet the Fels.

    Like Tokyo, I felt like I knew him well- but had never met.

    And wow did he crack me up. The story on Junior Lake when he wore the wrong uniform was so much funnier than anyone else's take. Pure comic genius!

    I'll definitely play the medley from Abby Road tonight with a prayer and a toast to Fels.

  • prayers to his family and close friends. he was a very unique and creative writer that i will definitely miss. for someone i have never met, i am feeling sad for us baseball fans. i enjoyed his taste in music and I will miss his combo of baseball/music references. r.i.p.

  • John, I'm so sorry, for you and for his family. I can't add much more to what has already been said. I loved his wit and sense of the absurd. Felzzy was one of a kind.

  • RIP Adam. Many condolences to your family and friends and to all the people on this blog that looked forward to hearing from you day in and day out. It was always great to read your recaps and Sunday Brunches. Your ability to put a silver lining on a Cubs blowout loss was so unique , the humor and wit (which was so good I probably only got half of them) was refreshing after a pain-staking 1 run loss. I have been engulfed with this blog for less than a year but it is a daily obsession that will not be the same. I hope you and Harry will be having a Bud up there when that World Series finally comes! ONWARDS!

  • Terrible news. Very sorry to hear.

  • Adam definitely riled me up a time or two, but I always came back to read because the passion, knowledge and skill were obvious. Nothing sooths the spirit after yet another loss like a hilarious recap. Left way too soon.. but certainly left an indelible impression... Onwards.

  • John, just a thought but perhaps you could repost a couple "Best of Felz." I was thinking about the Father's Day piece he did and a few other classics. It would be comforting in some way to read them again.

  • In reply to RTGrules:

    Will do.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    What a nice idea, would look forward to it.

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    RIP Felzzy. You made me smile many times during the last few seasons. Sorry you can't enjoy the next few years as things should brighten in Wrigleydom. Peace to your family.

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    This is incredibly sad.

  • I can't believe this news. What a shock.

    Rest in peace Adam. You will be sorely missed.

  • What sad news. I will miss his writing, his humor, and his passion for the Cubs. Many a recap by Felzzy had me laughing out loud, and on more than one occasion I threw in an old album that I hadn't heard in forever, after a reminder from one of his lyrical analogies. I never missed reading his recaps. You could tell his words came from the heart, and that he wanted nothing more than for our beloved Cubbies to win it all. I only wish that he could have seen this all come together like we hope it will. I hope that his family sees this page, my thoughts and prayers go out to them, and I hope they have a chance to see how many people cared about Felzzy without even knowing him in the physical form. It's a testament to his character, to the impact of his writing, and to the type of person that he was as a whole. Adam "Felzzy" Fels was, is, and always will be, a true Cubs Denizen. When this all comes together, the stars all line up right, and the Chicago Cubs finally win the World Series... we can be sure that Felzzy will be watching, and smiling down on the team that he loved so much. RIP Felzzy. Onwards.

  • Rest in peace, Adam.

  • What a complete shock! I can't believe this. I really appreciated his take on things; it was a good contrast to the prospect-heavy, stats laden side of the site. It gave Cubs Den real balance. I will miss his commentary. And I was so looking forward to next year, to see his take on things when the Cubs finally start to show some real improvement at the major league level. What a shame.

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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    I almost died 2 weeks ago. I am stunned and saddened by the news. Life is short enjoy every minute like felzzy did.
    Rest in peace to a good soul.

  • RIP Felzzy, we'll miss your uncanny ability to find the humor in our rebuilding, struggling team.

  • Felzz was essential to the thing that brings us together every day. Best of luck on the journey. Cheers.

  • I am so sorry to hear of this. I always looked forward to playing the Cardinals just so that I could read Adam's recaps with his descriptions of the cardinal fans. He made me laugh so hard. He will be missed.

  • As a testament to what a talented and unique writer he was, I feel as though I lost someone who I know, despite the fact we had never met.
    I will sorely miss his Sunday morning banter and creativity. In an age of sterile and canned prose, his words were magnificent.
    My thoughts go out to his family in their time of grief. As my best friend said on his death bed several years ago, when he saw the sadness I was feeling. "I had a good life, live everyday like it will be your last kid, in the long run nobody is getting out alive."

  • I am shocked to hear this, my condolences to his family. John do you know the cause of death ? If you don't feel you should say out of respect then I understand. One of the things that made felzz great was he could disagree with you or you disagree with him on something but you never could get angry with him. He just seem down to earth and a great guy. I wish I could have met him face to face.

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    Very down to Earth and a great guy to know in person.

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    Wow. Another stark reminder of just how fleeting life is. My musical tribute:

    "I Hope You Dance" (Leeann Womack)

    I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
    You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
    May you never take one single breath for granted,
    GOD forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
    I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
    Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
    Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
    And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

    I hope you dance....I hope you dance.

    I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance,
    Never settle for the path of least resistance
    Livin' might mean takin' chances but they're worth takin',
    Lovin' might be a mistake but it's worth makin',
    Don't let some hell bent heart leave you bitter,
    When you come close to sellin' out reconsider,
    Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance,
    And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

    I hope you dance....I hope you dance.

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    RIP Felzzy.

  • I am very sad to hear this.

    Listening to Across the Universe, so the album for today is Let It Be.

    RIP Felzzy.

  • Awful news. I remember Felzzy's Father's day piece and his dad saying he was going to go "bronze his gorgeousness". I laughed for a solid minute at that, and my brother and I say it all the time. Through this site I shared two things with him: Cubs and Tom Waits. Listened attentively to Rain Dogs this morning. RIP Felzzy.

  • I thought his last brunch, the baseball cops, was one of his best. Just really funny.

  • I was both shocked and saddened by the news of Felzzy's passing. My condolences to his family, his friends and Cubs' Denizens everywhere. His witty humor will be missed.

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    Terrible news. Another example of how we aren't promised another day. We all need to live, love and be thankful to God for each and every day. When the Cubs win it all soon, we will know they were helped by an angel in the ivy. RIP Felzzy.

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    The comments on this page are really beautiful, everyone. I know felzzy would have loved seeing how much he meant to all of you and I'm hoping it provides a small measure of comfort to his family as they work through their loss.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Agreed. Well said.

  • I rarely comment here, but I wanted to take the time to express my condolences to Adam Fels' family and friends, as well as John Arguello, Mike Moody and all of the contributors to Cubs Den. Adam was close to my age and shared many of my musical tastes (I'm a huge Replacements fan), so I could relate to most of his song references and loved his free-wheeling writing style. It's both shocking and sad that he passed away so young. I'll miss his game recaps and remember them, and him, fondly.

  • I so much enjoyed Felzzy's columns and, like everyone else, was completely shocked and saddened at this morning's news. And then, reading the comments, I realized how amazing this Cubs Den community has become. My condolences to Adam's family and friends. I hope these hundreds of comments are helpful to them at this difficult time and show how much we all appreciated Adam, even those of us who never met him.

  • R.I.P. Felzzy

  • I rarely post, but come to the site multiple times daily. Like others, I was very shocked and saddened when I heard this news. I just want everyone involved in Cubs Den to know how much I appreciate the work you do and the community you have created for true Cubs fans. Adam was a big part of that and will be sorely missed. He was so unique in that rarely will so much of a writer's personality show through in their writing. I think that is why we all felt like we knew him, even if we had never met. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and all of you here at the Den. A life lived with joy and love is a life well lived. RIP Felzzy.

  • Always looked forward to his columns. RIP


    Maybe you can be sitting next to Harry when we win the WS in 2016!

  • RIP Felzzy.

  • I am saddened by the news. What a gifted writer with a uniquely entertaining style. I'm going to miss his articles. RIP Felzz

  • A shock, and a loss. A sad Monday.

  • I read daily, but don't post often. Never met Adam, but like most of you, felt I knew him well. With his passing, I'll laugh one less time each day (and twice less on Sundays.)

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    Prayers for his family and friends. May they find comfort in fond memories.

  • Stunningly tragic news! I never expressed my appreciation to Adam and Cubs Den in general for helping me navigate some challenging times this past winter. He will be greatly missed!

  • Really enjoyed when he took over the daily game recaps and his absurdist humor. A sad day.

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    RIP Felzz. That is very sad news. I always appreciated his good humor. I will add his family to my prayers this evening. I'm comfortable that God has welcomed Felzz is hanging out with Ron Santo up in heaven. They'll probably get together to watch the World Series in a few years.

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    what happened ?

    share what you can John

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    I wake in the morning to read cubs den, it is usually the first thing I read to enjoy the news of our team. Was taken aback of the news of Felzzy's
    passing, he will be missed by everyone, my condolences to his family and all his friends. After reading all the tributes written by all his admirers, I genuinely feel he was a well loved person and someone we should all be proud to know, he touched our lives with his quick wit and humor and we are better off having him as a friend and mentor.
    RIP Felzzy!!!!!

  • Like everyone else, I was shocked when coming to the site today to see this. I come to this site 4-5 times/day (probably a conservative number) as I absolutely love the information and the writing variety/creativity provided by the staff. I have only commented one time in the past and that was to applaud felzzy for an article that had me in tears laughing. His writing was distinct, heartfelt, comedic, unique, and extremely entertaining. Just like everyone else I was tremendously saddened to hear about his passing. His family and friends will be in my prayers. Hope he raises a cold one in the heavens the day his beloved team finally wins it all.

  • I just signed up to express my sympathies to Felzz's family and friends as well. I have been a daily reader for years. All the articles and posts have been a major part of my daily routine. I feel fortunate and privileged to have discovered this amazing site. Adam's posts were witty and heartfelt. One can easily tell how much he loved the Cubs and writing about them too. It is amazing to see how many posts on a daily basis by regulars and new people like myself. It just shows how much joy this site brings to so many Cubs fans. Onwards.

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    I have never posted on the site before but have been avidly reading for the last few years. As a Cubs fan abroad I find the site to be an amazing way to feel part of the Cubs. Although I have never met Adam, his writing made me feel so much closer to the team. His sense of humour and irreverence coupled with his obvious knowledge and passion for his subject made him an essential read. He made me laugh out loud on my daily commute in Scotland.
    I am so sad to hear the news and hope that the outpouring of affection from so many readers offers some consolation to his family. He made such a difference for so many of us. He will be sorely missed.
    I am visiting Wrigley for the first time in my life in a couple of days and will take time to remember someone whose passion for the club has helped to instil and maintain my own.

  • Wow, I'm really taken aback, I mean I didn't know Felzzy personally but reading his stuff with all the " quirks " just had me feeling like he was a man I'd loved to have met. My best to his family at the most difficult of times. The brunch was a fixture that's for sure, Gods speed Adam, you've touched so many.

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    I can't believe he passed so fast. This is quite a blow for cubs den. On my way to work, I was listening the score, and they mentioned Adam's death and apparently he was a frequent caller and his brother does something in the biz as well.

    They even mentioned his work at cubs den and threw out a shot out to John. I feel so sad for his family, as they mentioned that Adam just lost his father not so long ago.

    He certainly can't be replaced, but someone is going to have the daunting task of trying.

  • I created an account tonight specifically because of this news.

    John - long time reader, first time commenter. I love this site. Like so many of the other commenters, I feel like I lost a friend today. The Felzz recaps were required reading, and his musical references were top notch. My favorite headline was from a recent game vs. the Nats where Felzz referenced the legendary DC punk band Fugazi (the "I am a patient boy..." headline). I missed his writing on days when either the Cubs hadn't played or when Felzz was off. I will miss his writing greatly, and condolences to his family and friends.

    R.I.P. Felzz

  • In reply to North Side Pat:

    Thank you Pat. Much appreciated.

  • I saw the original post this morning and didn't believe it. I re-read the post and then just went numb. I like many here didn't know Felzz personally but when it sunk in that this was real, I just told my wife. She asked who this person was and I told her that he was an amazing writer on this Cubs blog, the kind of writer who you could say that you knew everything about him while not having ever met him. To his family, my heartfelt condolences because if so many people on this blog can feel a genuine loss without having met him, I can only imagine their pain. Felzz will be one that I believe we all think about when the Cubs finally win it and in that sense, he will actually be there. I am still shocked at this point and it's been more than half of a day. Unfortunately for us Felzz was called up to the big leagues last night. We all will miss him but as noted from the Calvin and Hobbes piece that brought tears, people don't really go away. Their spirits stay with us in our memories.

  • Like so many others, I'm a daily reader, but infrequent commenter. I literally sunk in my seat and fought back tears. Even though I never met felzz, I knew I was a fan from the first article of his I read here on Cubs Den. He was around my same age, and it always felt like he was writing that article just for me; he was the Cubs fan next door that would grab a beer out of your fridge, put on "Exile On Main Street" after the Cubs take one from the Cards, and have an analogy for the state of the team's performance that would remind you of just how much he is capable of enjoying the game in ways that make you feel like, for all the losses, that you were a part of something special. May God bless his family in their time of mourning and may each of us remember to let those around us know just how much we love them each and every day. Thank you, too, John, for giving felzz a forum for his singular contributions to the Cub fan community we call home here at the Den.

  • And, how could I forget- Onwards.

  • John, Cubs Den, and family, I am so sorry to hear about what a shock...

    R.I.P. ADAM

  • My thoughts are with his family and friends. Total shock. I still can't believe I just read this.

  • Rest in peace.

  • My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Adam "Felzz". Just by the comments I have read above including the numerous first timers, and of course reading Felzz for the last year or so it's clear that Adam has touched so many on how he clearly painted a frustrating time for the Cubs major league team with his humor and sarcasm and still leaving a glimmer of hope for the future. I think John pinpointed Adam;s writing well as Felzz understood the "Poetry" of baseball or as I refer to the "Romance" or the "Field of Dreams" of baseball and how much it means to Fathers and Sons, Best Friends, Families, even Communities.
    I some way hope Adam knew how much he was appreciated and his family should be proud, he will be missed.
    Thank you Adam "Felzz" Fels may you rest in peace.

  • As usual, I'm late to the game and when I opened Cubs Den this morning, I about fell off my chair. I had to stop reading everyone's comments because I was choking up. There isn't anything I can add that hasn't already been said, but my heart goes out to his family and friends, especially you, John. You knew him and worked with him and this has to really poke a big hole in your heart. All you writers for this blog do this, too, but Felzz was singularly able to embody what it means and what it feels like to be a lifelong diehard. This blog has now become a community of sorts, and Felzz had a huge hand in developing it. Can anyone imagine his funeral proceedings if we all lived near enough to attend? They would have to shut down a big part of the area for sure - that's just how important he had become in our lives.

    I regret so that he didn't live to see the "big day" we all long so adamantly for. That's something I think about a lot in my own life. If there is one thing I could ask for before passing, it would be to witness the Cubs in a WS, and damn, he didn't get to do that, yet how deserving. Someone said above that life is fleeting and it certainly is. His passing punctuates that.

    Hopefully the day is near that we get there and win it. I hope we then can have a celebration just for Cubs Den somewhere near Wrigley and we can also celebrate Felzz's life at the same time. He'll certainly not be forgotten.

    Rest in peace, my friend.

  • What a shock to the system. I'm an infrequent commenter, but a daily reader and I truly appreciated Adam's wit and writing style. My condolences go out to his family and friends. RIP

  • I haven't posted in donkey's years, but I had to come out of the woodwork to write today. I just read the news about Felzz this morning, as I was traveling all day yesterday.
    As with so many here, I am shocked and saddened. This is a loss above all for Adam's family and friends, but also keenly felt by the thousands of avid readers and fans here on Cubs Den.
    All of the heartfelt sentiments posted here are a testament to the family that Cubs Den has become. May we be closer in our daily dealings, and may we be as dedicated as ever in our love for the success of the Cubs, as our fallen comrade was.
    A thousand thanks for your gifts to us, Felzz. John, my deep condolences on the loss of your friend and colleague.
    Onward and Upward….

  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    Thank you so much for posting and sharing your thoughts. It is great to hear from you again.

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    Tough news, I heard it on the radio while driving yesterday. Felzzy embodied the best about the game of baseball. It is an elusive search for the true, the good, and the beautiful, and his writing captured that tension. He was lighthearted and whimsical, but pointed and content-rich as well.

    His signature signoff, which many have appropriately been extending to him, is a good picture of how baseball teaches us about life. The times that we feel truly content are few and far between. Such is the same in baseball. The game is a journey, littered with failure on all sides. Many never win a championship, most pro players never even reach the majors, but there is something that keeps everyone, player and fan, coming back to the game.

    I think what keeps most of us here is hope. Hope that all things will coalesce into something true, good, and beautiful. Such is the case with our Cubs, they are a team that has almost all of its stock invested in hope, and that doesn't discourage us but it encourages us here at Cubs Den.

    Felzzy's writing came from a realist's perspective, but he was not devoid of hope. His view of baseball taught us all about the game and about life itself. We should all be realists and be able to see what's going on around us. But, Felzzy taught us that the worst (or the best) is not the end. The worst times are not permanent, and the best times are gone in an instant. But the elusiveness of the true, the good, and the beautiful ought not deter us from the embrace of the journey. And the embrace of the journey ought to fill us all with hope.

    To Felzzy...

  • In reply to Daniel Svendsen:

    Great post Daniel. Rest in peace Felzzy. Hope you're enjoying a few cold ones with Harry up there & listening to some amazing music from those that past way too early as well.

  • You all have been absolutely wonderful.

    If every I find myself questioning my faith in humanity, I will go back and read all of these comments over again.

    Thank you.

  • From one Cubs blogger to those here at Cubs Den, my sincere and heartfelt condolences on Felzzy's passing. While I did not know him personally, I had exchanged some emails with him and always respected his work here. Rest in peace, Felzzy.

    -- Al Yellon, Bleed Cubbie Blue

  • In reply to bleedcubbieblue:

    Thank you, Al.

  • I'm devastated. Adam was the son of one of my close friends and HS chum, George, the best writer I know. I never met Adam, but I felt close. My son, Max is a few months younger than he. I went to school with both of his parents and his late mom lived a block from me. His two uncles were tight with my foster brother.
    Dick Biumenthal

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    Thanks for sharing that Bloomie. I remember your pleasant exchanges with Adam about his dad. I didn't know his dad but the way Adam talked about him he sounded like a great person.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    It was only my checking with Billiards Digest that informed me of his dad's death last January. It is a blessing that he did not live to have his son die before him. He was a contributing editor and quite a pool player..

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    Used to love to play pool when I was younger, would have loved to have had his dad school me in a match. But not for money :)

  • In honor of Felzzy, I think I'll go find a Cardinal fan today and insult them for their lack of personal and dental hygiene.


  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    LOL! I think that would make him smile.

  • Gone for a few days and I see this, flipping horrible. Felzzy I love You man , spin a Beatles album for me up there, I'll trust Your judgment . You welcomed me here and I remember our banter back and forth and I will treasure the memories. The world was a richer place that you walked it and poorer the day You left it.

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    Wow. I just saw this on a hockey forum. I haven't been on Cubs Den much in the last year but Felz was always here sharing good info and with a good sense of humor. Just awful news. RIP Felz, and my condolences to his family and friends.

  • I've been reading this blog for just a couple of months, so I've had no exchanges with the man, and I can't say that "I'll miss him" and all of that, but I will say that during Rizzo's big game yesterday (2HR) I caught myself calling him "Bear" and I was suddenly overcome with immense sadness.

    Also, while just now reviewing his profile on this blog, the following made me smile:

    "He's even gotten into snowball fights with Bill Buckner and has been flipped off in the bleachers by Lenny Dyktra, Darryl Strawberry, Dale Murphy and several others..."

    As a fan, I can appreciate the satisfaction he must've felt. My brother ( a Dodgers fan) has never forgotten the time he got Barry Bonds to flip him off in the bleachers.

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