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Posts in category "Cubs Nostalgia"

The difference a year makes

The difference a year makes
I took this picture from the right field bleachers on September 21, 2013, the first and only Cubs game I attended in person that year. They actually beat the Braves 3-1 that day, but were on their way to nearly 100 losses that season. Travis Wood started that Saturday and threw 7 strong innings before some... Read more »

I almost hated Jason Heyward for eternity

I almost hated Jason Heyward for eternity
Let me start by saying, that I have loved Jason Heyward for a while. I think it started in 2015. Seeing his approach at the plate and his defense in RF was really very awesome. I wanted him on the Cubs then, and I really can’t believe it actually happened. That being said. It wasn’t... Read more »

The narrative vs. the numbers

The narrative vs. the numbers
If you’ve ever read or studied Joseph Campbell, then you’re familiar with the idea of the hero’s journey and his notion that all hero stories follow a basic pattern. If you’re not, take a few minutes and watch this, and pay particular attention to the time described as the Crisis. When things are at their... Read more »
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9/18/2008: Finding Solace in a Cubs Game

9/18/2008: Finding Solace in a Cubs Game
Surprisingly, one of my most clear memories of a Cubs game is of one that I did not actually see. Regardless of what else is going on in the sports world, my mind nearly always gravitates toward the return of baseball at this time of year, so I am going to pay tribute to a... Read more »

A few thoughts on WGN

A few thoughts on WGN
When I was a child my grandparents would babysit me over the summers at the old family home that belonged to the Martinez clan for 30 years. Memories were cultivated in and around that house; first wiffle ball homerun, first bike ride etc etc. One of the fonder memories centers around WGN, baseball, and my... Read more »

Final thoughts on fan interference and the 2003 Cubs

Final thoughts on fan interference and the 2003 Cubs
1. I’m writing this on the 10-year-anniversary of Game 7, lest we forget there was a Game 7. Most of the focus, (naturally, I suppose), ends up on Game 6. You know the one. The one with the nickname. It’s not called the Looney Game. But damn, it could have been. Just think: the wind... Read more »
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Kerry Wood's 20K Day: Fifteen Years Later

Kerry Wood's 20K Day: Fifteen Years Later
Fifteen years ago, I watched one of the greatest performances in baseball history.  I was just 12 years old.  But I remember it like it was yesterday. I came home from school sick with the flu and was trying to sleep off the symptoms.  Lying in bed, my mom knocked on my bedroom door and... Read more »

Cubs Den Archives: Looking back at some infamous Cubs bench clearing brawls

A drunk fan decided it would be funny if he took backup catcher Chad Kreuter's hat while he sat near the bullpen.  As he tried to take it, he hit Kreuter in the head and the catcher charged up the stands -- followed by practically the entire Dodgers team.  Kreuter got his hat back but nobody won this one as 16 Dodger players and 3 coaches were suspended.  Meanwhile the Cubs fans reputation in the media took another serious blow, causing the Cubs to create the 7th inning last call rule for alcohol.  Everyone loses because of one drunk fan with an hare-brained idea.
Last night’s bench clearing “brawl” made me remember this old post, one of my first… Baseball fights aren’t like hockey fights.  The 2 participants aren’t given enough time to settle things one on one.  There are rarely any solid punches landed.  And each team clears their bench, leaving you to watch a confused, muddled pile... Read more »

What is your favorite Ron Santo memory?

What is your favorite Ron Santo memory?
I just missed the Ron Santo era.  Bill Madlock was the first Cubs third baseman that I remember.  He was, in fact, my first favorite player.  My only memory of Santo as a player, ironically, was in that last season as a member of the Chicago White Sox and frankly, it wasn’t a very productive... Read more »
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Wood turns page, hopefully Cubs will too

Wood turns page, hopefully Cubs will too
A classy Kerry Wood made the right decision to move on today. Now I hope the Cubs follow suit and move on as well. When I wrote about the Cubs using Wood as a mascot and for fans to let go of their Cubbie blankies, it wasn’t anti-Wood. It was more about being anti-“Cubbie”. This... Read more »