All I can say in this moment is that there is no easy way to encapsulate John Arguello. Not in life or words. His passions extended beyond baseball but his passion for baseball is the reason most of us here came to know him. His thirst for all Cubs-related knowledge was unique, as was his ability to disseminate it while connecting with so many of us through Cubs Den, increasing our own passion and knowledge in turn. The community he created and fostered here is everything I always craved as a baseball and Cubs fan. And the fact that he managed to build a site based around civil sports discourse, on the internet of all places, is a great testament to his character.
Baseball is far from the most important part of life, but it provides an avenue for people across the globe to come together and share a passion, and I for one think that in a world filled with so many divisions anything that facilitates bringing people together and encourages discussion is of prime importance. Like the sport he loved, John was also such a facilitator. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities he provided me, first as a commenter, then eventually as a contributor for this community. I'm a happier person because of him and Cubs Den. Simple as that.
My deepest condolences to Stacey and all his family and friends.
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