Thursday, November 03, 2016
I'll admit this right upfront: I am not and never have been a Cubs fan.
I followed the Phillies in the 1980s and the early 1990s and then gradually transferred by allegiance to the Portland PCL club but my interest in baseball gradually faded after the AAA Portland Beavers blew town.
...the soundtrack of my childhood includes Harry Caray calling Cubs games from the little coral-colored plastic Motorola radio that sat beside my mother's chair out on the small side porch in our house in Glen Ellyn to the continuo of her voice making small sounds of satisfaction when Fergie Jenkins would notch another strikeout and Ernie Banks would take one out to Waveland Avenue, or her "tck!" of irritation if Glen Beckert would hit into a 5-3 groundout.
So that explains how, all morning, I've been hearing my mother's voice saying; "The Cubs will shine in '69!"
"It's a beautiful day for a ballgame ... Let's play two!"