Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Questions I am Often Asked

As a Cubs fan, I am often asked a wide range of questions. I decided I would share some of these questions and my answers with you.

Q: Your two favorite teams must be the Cubs and whoever is playing the White Sox, right?
A: No. The Cubs and whoever is playing the team in first place in the National League Central Division (assuming it's not the Cubs, of course). Though I am a Cubs fan, I am not a White Sox hater. Of course, when the two teams play, I want the White Sox to lose.

Q: Isn't Wrigley Field the greatest ballpark ever?
A: For sentimental reasons, yes. I am a Cubs fan and that is where my team plays. Wrigley Field has the best looking playing field. Overall, I still lean toward Baltimore's Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Detroit's Comerica Park and Milwaukee's Miller Park as the best parks in the Major Leagues. Wrigley Field is an old park and has shown its age over the last decade. It's difficult to reach by car with limited parking. There is a stop at Addison on the Red Line, but that can be quite congested on game days.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Wrigley Field?
A: The manual scoreboard. I still think that is one of the coolest things in any ballpark. I still enjoy when out-of-town scores slowly emerge throughout the day. This is even better during a pennant race.

Q: Who is your favorite Cubs player?
A: Ryne Sandberg (1982-1994, 1996-1997). Susan and I attended his Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2005.

Q: Do you own anything from another team?
A: Yes, quite a bit in fact. I have baseball caps from every ballpark I visited. At this point the only teams I am missing are the Rockies, Diamondbacks, Twins and Phillies. I also have a number of t-shirts for teams like the Twins (Santana 57), Phillies, Pirates, Padres (Petco Park), and Houston Astros.

Q: Do you have a "W" flag at home?
A: No. As Cubs fans, we haven't earned that right to march around with a flag announcing our victory. We haven't won a World Series since 1908, and haven't even appeared in one since 1945. The closest we've come to a World Series was 2003. We were five outs away in Game 6 of the NLCS. We lost that game and then Game 7 the following night. If we were Yankees fans, then maybe that would work. Let's win a World Series first.

Q: Have you caught a ball at Wrigley Field?
A: Nope. I've been close though.


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