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I’m going to pretend like today’s game didn’t happen, and talk about this past weekend: I returned late last night from the windy city, and it surely lived up to its name. Ate way too much, including a nice meal at Harry Caray’s restaurant in Rosemont. To my surprise on the wall behind the table we were seated at, was a picture me. In the photo is Harry, wife Dutchie, and Cubs Senior VP of Marketing and Broadcasting John McDonough taken in 1997 at HoHoKam Park with my hands and microphone clearly visible on the left side next to Harry. Possibly, you could have seen my head in the photo, but unfortunately it is behind the frame. The waitress looked at me a little funny when I asked her if they wanted me to autograph the photo. At any rate I think I’ll send them a thinner frame to put it in!
Saturday was the only game I was able to attend at Wrigley Field over the weekend and what a game it was- what a series it was – Cubs Sweep! Cubs Sweep! I love doing public address work for the Cubs in spring training, but I also love to be a fan and just enjoy a game sitting in the stands. I knew the game was going to be played in cool temperatures; I think the high on Saturday reached just over 40 degrees, with a cold wind. It felt like Bears football weather. Considering I had left
I went to the game with a fun group from Partners for Prosperity, a non-traditional financial planning company. Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad, Poor Dad) had been one of their clients, and if you’re interested their website is www.partners4prosperity.com We got down to Wrigleyville early, and stopped at Bernie’s Tavern before making our way across the street to find our seats, and watch the end of batting practice. We had good seats in section 110, just past 3rd base on the edge of the infield.
As luck would have it, we had 4 college aged Cardinals fans sitting in the row directly in front of us. They left their jackets and their manners in
There was tremendous energy at the friendly confines, and even though it’s only an early series, the team showed a lot of character coming back from deficits to victories and sweeping the redbirds. I still think we’re going to need some solid contributions this year from any of the rehab trio, Wood, Prior, and Miller, or it will be an uphill struggle. However, looking back at spring training, and the first week of the regular season, this Cubs team seems to have a quiet confidence and a resilient composure, a lot like their first baseman, Derrek Lee. Now that Lee has a new contract, and stated he’s committed to winning with the Cubs, we can look to him as a catalyst for success this year and into the future.