So, Cubs single game tickets went on sale yesterday. I'm not sure if all the games were sold out but they will be soon enough. As we all know, Wrigley Field sells out even when the Cubs have finished in last place. The combination of fans loving Wrigley and handling disappoint well is a sure fire way to get those tickets sold.
I myself have not purchased a ticket to Wrigley since 2003. I've been there, but only to see the Elton John/Billy Joel concert during the summer of '09. Too bad the cheering that went on that night wasn't the result of a pennant win by the Cubs.
I wasn't always this way; from 1969 to 2003 I was a diehard, stay at home if I couldn't go to the game and make my own scorecards kind of fan. I knew every line up, every stat. I sat through as many batting practices as possible back in the late sixties/early seventies; was in the bleachers in 2003 when they clinched the division title in a doubleheader.
Then on October 15, 2003 everything changed. That was the day after the Bartman debacle; the day the earth stood still so to speak. Five outs away and they still managed to blow everything. It was my birthday and I was going through treatment for breast cancer. They were supposed to do it for me; make my dream of a world series in my lifetime a reality. But no, heartbroken again.
That was it, I was finished and since that time I have not paid any attention to the team that once held my heart in its hands. But this year I am going to go out on a limb and pay attention. I am going to do this in memory of Ron Santo, who ironically would have been 71 yesterday, the day the tickets went on sale.
I believe he is watching over Wrigley right now. He was my favorite player of all time and the true definition of a Cub. He lived them, breathed them, played for them and announced for them. He was the spirit of The Cubs and I believe that his spirit will reside at Wrigley from now on.
I hope I don't sound crazy. I feel that the only way to allow myself back into the realms of "fandom" is to believe in a higher power. I want to be able to point to the number 10 flag at the end of the season and say thanks for helping make this happen. Then after winning everything Ron will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I'd say it's long overdue for both.