Last night, the world of baseball received tragic news. The greatest player in Chicago Cubs history Ernie Banks, passed away at the age of 83. The news is barely 12 hours old, and I am still having a hard time accepting and believing that he is really gone. No one showed as much love for the game or the fans more than Ernie, and he will be missed.
In the wake of the news of his passing, Andy stepped up to the plate wrote a great piece about Ernie and his life. While words can never truly do justice to the man Ernie was, Andy came about as close as possible. You should check out his piece, you will not be disappointed.
If you never had the opportunity to meet Ernie, you missed out on meeting a great man. I had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times. No matter if he knew you or not, he always talked to you as though he did. He would ask you about your job, your family and a variety of other topics. He truly cared about his fans and always made time for them. If you were lucky enough to meet you a second time, he would pick up right where you guys left off last time. He remembered you. He remembered meeting you, and details about your life. He was a national treasure; both to baseball and to the city of Chicago.
Ernie played the game with joy and enthusiasm, and he lived his life the same way. He will be sorely missed. This coming season, I fully expect the Cubs to be wearing a 14 patch or some other patch commemorating his life and playing career.
God Bless you Ernie. Let’s Play Two.