I have changed the “Read About Me” section on this blog a few times. However, I wanted to update it again and share the new update as a post as well.
I guess you could say I am addicted to baseball. To begin with, I was born the day Willie Mays retired from baseball. I grew up playing some form of baseball almost everyday. Wiffleball, little league, hot box and strat-o-matic were the most common ways I was able to get my baseball “fix”. I was fortunate to have two uncle, Jonathan and David, to play with and to learn the game from. They always made the game fun for me.
I loved to watch the Cubs on WGN too. Sometimes I would go to my great-grandparents house and watch the games with them. My great-grandmother loved Ryne Sandberg while my great-grandfather was a big fan of Lee Smith, Jody Davis and later, Andre Dawson. The game of baseball and the Cubs provided me with a special connection with my great-grandparents. They also had a decent size back yard that we often turned into a wiffleball field. They would sit in a swing and watch my uncles, cousins, friends and myself play until dark had to call the game. Those were great times.
I consider myself a baseball purist to some extent. I love day games, grass fields, and don’t care too much for the DH. I’m happy watching a 1-0 shutout or an 8-7 slugfest. I like players that stay on one team their entire career. I believe it is okay to boo a player when you expect more out of them. I wish MLB scheduled more double headers. I’ve been to spring training in Florida multiple times but not Arizona…..yet. All in all, baseball is my favorite game and the Cubs are my favorite team.
I am Cub fan living in deep southern Illinois which is dominated by Cardinal fans. Just to give you an idea of how far south I live I can be in Kentucky in less than an hour. It would take me close to six hours to get to Wrigley Fields and two hours to get to Busch Stadium.
In addition to baseball and the Cubs, I enjoy basketball and football too. I root for the Chicago Bulls, North Carolina Tar Heels, Eastern Illinois Panters and Dallas Cowboys. For the record, Michael Jordan is the greatest player to ever play basketball in my opinion. It doesn’t hurt that MJ and Ryno each wore 23. What a great number if you are a Bulls and Cubs fan!
Today, I am married to a beautiful woman who happens to be a Yankees fan. Since our marriage we both have grown fond of each other’s team. I have two children with one more on the way and I love teaching my kids about baseball and watching Cub games with them. My kids know how to sing the Take Me Out to the Ballgame and Go Cubs Go. I am truly blessed and thank the Lord for all that I have.