More than baseball

November 10, 2016 Comments Off on More than baseball

Have you heard, the Chicago Cubs won the world series?!

14721547_10154799261468714_7075515572716600605_nFor as long as I can remember the Cubs was the team my family cheered for.  We rooted for our Cubbies year after year.  My grandpa was the key to our love for the Cubs.  He never missed a game.  He may have not attended every game however, that didn’t keep him from watching or listening to it.  I can still picture him sitting in a lawn chair in his backyard listening to the radio that was hung from a nail.  I’m sure he had a reason why the radio had to hang up however, I never asked.  If he wasn’t listening to the game he was inside watching it.  He wouldn’t miss coming over to watch or listen the Cubs however, he would find a way to have a radio on while we were outside enjoying the pool.  Looking back I now know why he always forgot his trunks.  He enjoyed watching us enjoy the pool while he enjoyed his favorite pass time.

He wasn’t a warm and fuzzy man however, he would light up when you mentioned the Cubs.  He was easy to buy for since anything Cubs would make his day.  Throughout this years playoffs I wished he was hear to experience all the emotions I did.  I wish he had the opportunity to see 5 million people gather throughout Chicago to catch a glimpse of the players.  I wish he saw generation after generation embracing one another sharing the love for the Cubs.  I wish he knew how much my love for the Cubs came from him.  I do know he celebrated the Cubs victory at the biggest party, up in heaven.

For me, it was more than a game.  It was reflecting on memories of games I went to at Wrigley Field.  It was remembering those who have passed away who were Cubs fans.  It was a time of reflection and gratitude.  No matter what the outcome would have been I would have been happy that the Cubs made it to the World Series.  Without them getting there I may have not thought about all these wonderful memories that were created around this team.

From afar I was living in the moment that the Cubs won the World Series!  I got chills, tears filled my eyes, and there was a smile on my face.  I watched Facebook live videos of the parade and rally.  Watched interviews of players after the game as well as on tv shows.  I couldn’t get enough of it.

I have been lucky enough to have lived in multiple states however, I am grateful I grew up in the Chicagoland area.  The zoos are amazing,  the museums are simply the best, and the professional sports teams continue to provide entertainment.  As everyone always tells you, you don’t know what you have until you no longer have it, is so true.  I never realized how lucky I was to get to experience the city of Chicago as much as I did.


November 15, 2016