For the third Spring Training, under the tutelage of Joe Maddon, I have watched and listened as the boys in the blue pinstripes went through the drills, the workouts and the exhibition games before setting sail on a new campaign. Considering the first two seasons with Joe at the helm, we should certainly have reason to be optimistic. They are coming off a sensational World Series Championship that followed a trip to the NLCS, the previous year. The odds makers have placed them as the favorites to repeat again this year… a very odd feeling for a lifelong Cubs fan.Sure, we have a crew of young and talented players with a veteran pitching staff that is among the best in the game, but there are always things that happen along the way that could de-rail the pennant express… remember, we how we suffered for generations during the 108 year drought. Could it be the Cubs’ subconscious fan in me allowing that old feeling to creep back into my head? I hope not! The ‘Loveable Loser” moniker, the ridiculous, stinking goat’s curse, the 3-straight losses in San Diego in ’84, the Jack Clark assault in ’89, the winless Post Seasons of ’07 and ’08, the fateful foul ball in 2003 and the Stinkin’ Mets NLCS sweep in ’15, all flashback as a reminder of just how magnificent last year actually was. I long to see the smiling face of Rizzo and Bryant, and a full season of Schwarber, with Russell, Zobrist, Baez, Contreras, etc… all chipping in. barring bad breaks and injuries, my Spring Training report for 2017 sees plenty of “W” flags flying over beautiful Wrigley Field and in front of homes across this great land, including mine. (see photo). Remember, that tradition tells us that when the Cubs win the World Series, they do it two years in a row! 1907 and 1908… 2016 and… 2017? We can dream can’t we? 

Where's Wayne

  • Apr 30
    Drury Lane Theatre,  Oakbrook Terrace
  • May 3
    Allstate Arena,  Rosemont
  • May 4
    The Chapel,  Mundelein
  • May 4
    Wrigley Field,  Chicago


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