About ryno4ever

I'm a 3rd generation Cub fan who lives and breathes with this team! I've ridden the roller coaster of Cubdom since 1984. I've celebrated the highs, I've cried for days on the lows. I have a teenage son who I have blessed/cursed him with the Cubbie Blue blood. On April 1, 2011, my son, dad and I were chosen to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day at Wrigley Field and I'm pretty sure that there isn't much else out there in life that will ever top that day!

An Opening Day flashback

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I was going through some of my old journals and came across this one of Opening Day 2008.  I wrote it down after I got home trying to just capture the whole experience on paper so that during those long winter days when baseball seems non-existent, I could pull it Continue reading An Opening Day flashback

Expectations

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On the eve of one of the days we have been waiting for all winter, pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training, I feel like it is the eve of Christmas Eve.  I can say with 99.9999% belief that this team will NOT win the World Series (come on, I’m Continue reading Expectations

My favorite offesason signing so far….

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In April of 2005, many Cub fans will remember that night game in St. Louis when we all knew, even in April, that it was going to be a VERY VERY long season.  

A glance at the NL Central, position by position

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It has hit, that time in the offseason that the “itch” really starts to show up.  The convention is over and Spring Training is still a couple of weeks away, although it seems like a lifetime.  Even when it does begin and you have those first couple of weeks where Continue reading A glance at the NL Central, position by position

Oh, SamME, how some things never change!

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I just tuned in to SAMMY TV… his live 10 minute webcast as another attempt to throw his name and mug back into the media after being pretty much invisible since his Congress appearance, you know, the one where he kind of forgot that he knows how to speak English? Continue reading Oh, SamME, how some things never change!

Cubs Convention 2013- Mixed review.

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After a whirlwind weekend and trying to get back to “real life”, I finally have a chance to sit down and give my take on the Convention this past weekend.  Now, keep in mind, I went to the Convention with my 13 year old son who lives and breathes baseball, Continue reading Cubs Convention 2013- Mixed review.

BASEBALL IS FINALLY HERE!

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Ok, so it’s “Cubs Convention Eve”, and the bags are packed, batteries for the camera are charged, sharpies placed in a strategic place in my purse for easy grabbing for those unexpected run-in’s with any of the 75+ current, former, and future players, not to mention the management, ownership, broadcasters, Continue reading BASEBALL IS FINALLY HERE!

The Most Patriotic Player in Baseball

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Some players earn their fame with their bat.  Some players earn it with their glove.  Some even earn it with their golden arms.  But there is only one who earned it with his true patriotism.  

And the winner is….

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….Nobody!  Everybody?

Integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team

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Those are words that are in Rule 5 of the BBWAA Hall of Fame rules for voting.  The entire rule states: “5. Voting: Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”