Excited to watch Cubs in the World Series

northwestern-university-school-of-journalism-accidentally-prints-typo-on-2014-diplomasAfter graduating from Cal Berkeley in 1981, my first biggest adventure was to go to graduate school at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

It was the first place I’d lived outside California on my own. (I’d been on only a few plane flights at the time).

I remember the week before I started classes: I walked to the journalism school (AKA Fisk Hall, built in 1899) in my flip-flops across campus from my apartment in Evanston, and it began snowing — hard. How embarrassed I felt, not to mention cold with my frozen feet.

An equal embarrassment, back in 1981-82, was the Chicago Cubs baseball team. I would join my friend and school mate David Jackson — now the White House correspondent for USA Today —  and we’d ride the “L” to the Cubs games on game day.

We could get the best seat in the house for a relative pittance — whenever we wanted. It was a fun experience for both of us.

Since then, I have been a longtime Cubs fan — often going to Cubs-Giants games, either at spring training in Scottsdale or at AT&T Park. I’ve been back to Wrigley Field too.

So it is with great honor that I get to see the Cubs playing in the World Series, ending a 70-year drought. Go Cubs!

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

5 thoughts on “Excited to watch Cubs in the World Series”

  1. For once I agree with you, Mr. Pellline. GO CUBS!! I grew up in northern Illinois. Anyone who has–and is my age–might remember 1969. My dad took us to St. Louis. We stayed at the same hotel as the Cubs. I was 9, my little brother 6. We got all of the team’s autographs on our popcorn containers. Ernie Banks, Ron Santos, etc. Photos with manager Leo Derosher (spelling?) I wish my father were alive to see the Cubs, finally, in the World Series. (And I wish I still had my paper popcorn container with all the autographs!) Again, GO CUBS!

  2. What a good memory! My wife’s uncle lived in downstate Illinois (Havana on the Illinois River), and I recall watching several Cubs-St. Louis games on television when we visited. Being midway between the two cities, Uncle Gordon was a bit torn — but he went with the Cubs. I still have a great baseball card collection from the ’60s, including Ernie Banks, Ron Santos and Leo Durocher. Later, I got Ernie Banks autograph at a Cubs-Dodger game. I still have it.

  3. I have to admit that a lot of my Cubs fever is nostalgia. When I was a kid growing up in Chicago my sister brother and I could attend a game for less than $10. $. $0.35 each for the El, $0.75 each to get into the bleachers, and $0.50 each to get a Chicago dog and a Pepsi. I probably attended 40 games in 1969. I remember being visited by Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Randy Huntley at our practice field in little league. But the ultimate nostalgia is remembering that for my entire life my father and brother were die hard Cubs fans, never having seen them play in a world series or the vast majority of the time ever having a winning season. Yet every year, year after year, Wrigley was full of fans, it was in the north side DNA. I moved to California at 19, went to Padres and Giants games, and have become a Giants fan. Being a fan is a fickle thing, it becomes about your relationship to place, family, tradition and love. But last night I cried thinking of my father and my brother. In my DNA I am a Cubs fan. My niece took a portion of my brothers ashes and spread them on Waveland Avenue at the base of the Ernie Banks statue last night at the end of the 9th inning. It was his dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HTRxAHfwPY

    1. Steve:

      As you may know, Steve Goodman was dying from leukemia when he made that video. He suffered for years, with an occasional remission, but died in 1984 –– barely 36 years old.

      In the early ‘70s, I was a huge Steve Goodman fan. And as a hack guitarist with a lousy voice, I used to play and sing some of his stuff. (Privately, in my bedroom –– not publicly).

      As I watched the 9th inning last night, I kept my fingers crossed that the network would stay at the ballpark as players celebrated on the field and not cut away to a commercial. I wanted Fox Sports to do that so I could hear the crowd sing along with a recording of Steve Goodman perorming his ditty, “Go, Cubs, Go!” –– played after every Cubs victory since the ‘80s. Glad to say I heard it in the background, and couldn’t help but think of the 5’ 2” genius who died far too young.

      What some followers of this blog might be interested in knowing is that among the many songs Steve wrote, was “City of New Orleans.” That may come as a shock to a lot of Arlo Guthrie fans, but it’s a Steve Goodman song that Guthrie made popular.

      Thanks for posting the video shot at Wrigley Field –– a dying Cubs fan making a dying wish.

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