Today in Cubs History: June 13
I have kind of gotten away from this, I'll try to stay more on top of it. But in today's history lesson, it is one of those memories where I remember where I was and the emotions running through me at the time.....
1994 At the age of 34, Cub second baseman Ryne Sandberg suddenly retires walking away from $16 million.
I was sooooooo sad, I sat on my bed and watched the press conference and just cried. When his book "Second to Home" came out, I read it cover to cover without putting it down, and got a real sense of where he was coming from, and instead of being sad that he wasn't playing anymore, I was so angry with Cubs management, especially Larry Himes. It wasn't until long after I read the book again that the truth came out about his now ex-wife that made everything even make more sense.
On July 22nd of that year (1994), Sandberg made another appearance at Wrigley when he was inducted into the Cubs' Walk of Fame. He threw out the "first pitch" to Mark Grace and just before Ryno sent the pitch across the plate, Gracey stood up and put his hands up... they ran over to second and first base, and the first pitch was Grace rolling a ball to Ryno, he picked it up and shot it over to Grace at first base. The crowd went nuts.
An piece of Ryno's Autobiography "Second to Home"
Oh, also in today's history of the Cubs:
2006 The first wireless bullpen communication system in baseball history is used at Wrigley Field as a cell phones, which will be sent to the Hall of Fame are used for the first time in major league history to call the bullpen. From the dugout In the third inning pitching coach Larry Rothchild calls bullpen coach Juan Lopez to get reliever Angel Guzman to start warming up.
Oh how the game has changed.
I for one, really appreciate these history lessons. The history of the Cubs is what interested me the most at the onset of my addiction! :D I want to learn as much as I can, and look forward to reading the updates when you have the time to post in the Cubs Knowledgebase forum.
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