Above / By day and by evening the big W stands to shine for the Cubs along Sequoia Road.

Valentine’s Day greetings in Naperville!

UPDATE Feb. 14, 2017 / The Chicago Cubs began spring training on Valentine’s Day at Sloan Park, located in Mesa, Arizona, while folks in Naperville are mindful of Manager Joe Maddon’s sound advice, “Don’t forget the heartbeat.”

Ever since the Cubs playoffs led to their World Series victory last fall, the illuminated “W” along Sequoia Road has remained an attraction, celebrating every holiday.

During an interview today on CSN Chicago from the ballpark in Arizona, Maddon said he looks forward to another season when his young team will be “uncomfortable and authentic” in a way that fans will say, “That’s Cub!”

The Cubs will open the 2017 season during a three-game series at Busch Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 3. Then they’re slated to play three games in Milwaukee with the Brewers.  The Cubs’ home opener at Wrigley Field will be April 10 against the L.A. Dodgers.

Note! The Chicago White Sox also opened spring training on Valentine’s Day with a new manager at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. News reports say they their 117th season in franchise history begins with manager Rick Renteria “in the midst of their first rebuild since 1997.”

The White Sox will host the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day, Mon., April 3, at Guaranteed Rate Field.

After a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins from April 7-9, the White Sox head out for a nine-game trip against the Cleveland Indians (April 11-13), Twins (April 14-16) and New York Yankees (April 17-19), before they return home to host two more three-game series; first against Cleveland (April 21-23), then against the Kansas City Royals (April 24-26).

Cheers to baseball history!

Cheers for adding to the long history of America’s pastime and visits to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

Dedicated on June 12, 1939, (June 12 is Jeff Penick’s birthday, so we’ve experienced a connection.), a U.S. Postage stamp depicts youngsters playing. A souvenir t-shirt emblazoned with that centennial baseball stamp purchased during a family vacation to watch Johnny Bench be installed into the Hall of Fame is a fond memory.

While we’re on the subject, the stamp commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the beginning of baseball in 1839. While other forms of the game date back to the 1700s, Abner Doubleday often is credited amid historic dispute with formalizing the rules of baseball. Doubleday’s actual influence is now considered part of American baseball lore; yet, still remembered as history.

Did you know?  Five baseball players—Ty Cobb, Outfield, Detroit Tigers (1905-26) Philadelphia Athletics (1927-28); Babe Ruth, Outfield and Pitcher, New York Yankees/ Boston RedSox/ Atlanta Braves (1914-1935); Honus Wagner, Shortstop, Rightfielder and First Baseman, mostly with Pittsburgh Pirates (1897-1917); Christy Mathewson, New York Giants/Cincinnati Reds (1900-1916); and Walter Johnson, pitcher, Washington Senators (1907-1927)—were elected to the Hall of Fame in 1936 before it opened in 1939.

Play ball!


Thanks to the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians for the best World Series ever!

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Go Cubs Go

Written in 1984 by Steve Goodman

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The morning after the stunning World Series win for the Chicago Cubs, the brilliant colors of the Riverwalk were enhanced by folks, all ages, celebrating one of the most historic events in 108 years.

OK, everybody sing:

Baseball season’s on the way

Well you better get ready for a brand new day

The Cubs are gonna win today

CHORUS

They’re singing, Go Cubs go, go Cubs go

The Cubs are gonna win today

Go Cubs go, go Cubs go

Hey Chicago what do you say?

The Cubs are gonna win today


They got the power, they got the speed

To be the best in the National League

Well, this is the year and the Cubs are real

So come on down to Wrigley Field

CHORUS

We’re singing now Go Cubs go, go Cubs go

Hey Chicago what do you say?

The Cubs are gonna win today

Go Cubs go, go Cubs go

Hey Chicago what do you say?

The Cubs are gonna win today


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During a recent visit to Washington, Tim found the perfect place near the State Department to display his Cubs’ flag. The sculpture is titled “Full Count.”

Baseball time is here again

You can catch it all on WGN

So step your feet and clap your hands

The Chicago Cubs got the greatest fans

CHORUS

Hear them singing now Go Cubs go, go Cubs go

Hey Chicago what do you say?

The Cubs are gonna win today

Go Cubs go, go Cubs go

Hey Chicago what do you say?

The Cubs are gonna win today.


PHOTO GALLERY / A small sampling of Cubs spirit with connections to Naperville, Illinois. Cheers!

Thanks for team spirit, Steve Goodman!

Did you know?  In 2007, “Go, Cubs, Go,” a song written by Steve Goodman (July 25, 1948 – September 20, 1984), became part of the Chicago Cubs line up after every home game win.

When the Cubs made it to the playoffs, interest in the song and Goodman put this news in the spotlight as fans sang in tune.

Now 32 years after Goodman’s death his beloved Cubs — cheered even during their losses for more than a century by a gazillion fans — earned their first National League Pennant in 71 years when they won the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 2, on Oct. 22, 2016.

The Greatest Of All Teams have not won the World Series in 108 years. Take me out to the ball game…

Let the games begin in Cleveland, Ohio.  Cheers to a successful series against the Indians. Holy Cow! What a history. Go, Cubs, Go!

UPDATE, Game 1, Oct. 25 / Cubs, 0. Indians, 6. / Chicago Cubs trail MLB World Series against Cleveland Indians 0-1.

UPDATE, Game 2, Oct. 26 / Cubs, 5. Indians, 1. / Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians are tied in the MLB World Series 1-1. The Cubs win a game in a World Series for the first time since 1945. Now it’s back to Wrigley for Game 3 on Friday.

UPDATE, Game 3, Oct. 28 / Cubs, 0. Indians, 1. / At Wrigley for three games through Sunday, Chicago Cubs trail MLB World Series against Cleveland Indians 1-2.  What an exciting game! You gotta admire those Cubbies. Yet, you might hear jazz fans singing the blues along with Go, Cubs, Go!

UPDATE, Game 4, Oct. 29 / Cubs, 2. Indians, 7.The first pitch was 7:08PM. At Wrigley for games through Sunday, Chicago Cubs trail MLB World Series against Cleveland Indians 1-3.  Again, you might hear local jazz fans singing the blues along with Go, Cubs, Go!

UPDATE, Game 5, Oct. 30 / Cubs, 3. Indians, 2.At Wrigley, Chicago Cubs win, but still trail in MLB World Series against Cleveland Indians 2-3.  Tonight you hear the crowd again sing, “Go, Cubs, Go!”

UPDATE, Game 6, Nov. 1 / Cubs, 9. Indians, 3.Chicago Cubs win in Cleveland to tie up the MLB World Series against Cleveland Indians 3-3.  Tonight you hear the crowd again sing, “Go, Cubs, Go!” And the fireworks are popping in Naperville to celebrate the best vs. the best in baseball history! Go, Cubs, Go!

UPDATE, Game 7, Nov. 2 / Cubs, 8. Indians, 7. /Celebrate the best vs. the best. Chicago Cubs are World Champions!  After 10 innings, Cubs won MLB World Series against Cleveland Indians 4-3. Thanks for a great World Series. Tonight it’s final. And the fireworks are popping in Naperville to celebrate baseball history! Go, Cubs, Go! 

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