Editor’s note: the following was penned by a long-time Cubs fan who will hopefully have more stories to share with us here at World Series Dreaming. A warm welcome to another eternal dreamer as we wait for that inevitable championship day.
Memories of being a CUB fan for life began when, as a North side kid, I would take the 97 Skokie bus or the Skokie Swift to the Howard L depending on what friend I was going to “The Friendly Confines” with.
On a beautiful day we would go early -sit in the bleacher line – go to 7 Eleven for a Big Gulp and wait until the Gates opened… while waiting we’d talk 100% baseball with ourselves and other true blue fans around us. We’d then go in and RUN as fast as possible up the ramps to the Right Field Bleachers down to the far right section and to the first few rows where we’d talk to the players in the outfield as they’d throw us baseballs and willingly sign autographs. We’d watch batting practice and get more balls as numerous home runs were hit. During the game we’d always talk to the Right Fielder on both teams and have so much fun! With our mitts on sometimes we’d catch home-runs from amazing Cubs like Dave Kingman #10 . Yes, #10 later was the number worn by the amazing Penguin aka Ron Cey at 3rd base during the 1984 season. 1984 was bitter sweet as the year where the NL team with the most wins “96″ was us, the beloved Cubs owned by the Tribune for just 2 years…sadly after winning 13-0 and 4-2 we had to play on the road in San Diego although we felt slighted because the Home Field advantage should go to the winningest National League team which was us!! As always since there was no World Series we were still happy to have had a competitive season and get to cheer our team on in the post season. Us true North side fans will always love our Cubs!
Written by hand and from the heart by QUALITY23 8:15pm Monday (aka Rick Monday), August (a dreaded month for many when I was 6 back in 69′) 16th (3rd Baseman Steve Ontiveros was #16!), 2013 (The year before Baez, Rizzo and Castro explode offensively) to help propel our Cubs into another post season!!