So, a few weeks ago I had mentioned that I would be paying closer attention to the Cubs this year. After an eight year hiatus I am going to take a giant leap of faith and allow them back into my life. After writing that I admit I have forgotten all about it. That is, until today.
This morning my husband announced to me that Robert Redford would be throwing out the first pitch next Friday, opening day. I quickly remembered what I had said a few weeks ago. It's time to pay attention.
I have been a die hard Cubs fan since I can remember (exclusive of the hiatus during which I still loved them, just tucked them away). I have also been a die hard Redford fan for nearly as long. At the ripe old age of 15 my Dad and I went to see "The Sting". Sure, Paul Newman was a very handsome man as well but that Redford, man oh man all I can say is it was love at first sight.
Although Bob has aged dramatically, I am not going to miss this for anything. He starred in one of my all time favorite movies, "The Natural" and is going to be at my favorite place in the world, Wrigley Field. My favorite team at my favorite place with my favorite actor. Damn, does it get any better? Plus I haven't been to opening day since April 6, 1971.
So I am only one week away and am now working on a second mortgage to get tickets. Actually a third mortgage as the last time I was at Wrigley Field it was to see Elton John and Billy Joel and that took care of the second one. But it's okay. There's something about the whole scenario that makes the cost insignificant.
There is another reason I want to be there. Ron Santo Jr. is singing for the seventh inning stretch. This will be the first opening day at Wrigley in many, many years that Ron Sr. is not a part of. There will be an aura around the ballpark Friday that I will not miss. So, it would appear Friday will be one of the closest to perfect days I will ever spend at Wrigley. And maybe, just maybe they will win. Maybe like this??
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