It's a Sad Day for all Chicago Cubs.
By now you know that Cub legend Ron Santo passed away last night after slipping into a coma on Wednesday. There are things that hurt in life, but this truly hurt me this morning. I felt sad, not of his passing, but of the unfair nature of his life.
Santo, by all accounts, was a tremendous person and fan. It is something that all people in our society could take from him. He played baseball with pain, while keeping a secret from his teammates. I'm not sure Santo would have been able to deal with playing in today's game, because we know everything about our athletes. I only wish I could have lived to actually see him play, because he was a true joy to listen to on the radio.
Granted, Ron was not the most talented broadcaster, but he was the most honest one I know. He didn't blow smoke, only a few "Oh noos!" and "gosh darnits" when things were bad. Ah, but when things were good it was easy to get lost in his laughter as he brought true sense of excitement every time the Cubs were playing well. Santo had our dream job of being able to root from the press box and not get in trouble. That is something I don't take for granted, because it is frowned upon in most journalism circles. I only wish I could have
Winning a World Series would have been a nice ending for Santo, but those things are hard to come by as we all know far too well. The true tragedy was the fact that the Hall of Fame is missing on the great third baseman's of all time. I get sick just thinking about it today. My guess is that he will get in at some point, but it will feel empty since we will not be able to see the joy on his face.
If you have never seen This Old Cub, it is time for you to go out and find a copy. It will be something that you will never forget. It's a wonderful film for all Cub fans and the best tribute for a man that was one of us. The only difference was he got to wear the uniform that we only dreamed of wearing. Please comment below with your favorite memories as this becomes a day we celebrate the life of a true Cub Fan.