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Old Sep 28th 2007, 9:14 am
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I became a Cub fan when I was born a day before the Cubs' scheduled home opener in 1975. However, the Cubs didn't get to play until April 10 due to the 12 inches of snow that dropped in Chicago eight days earlier. So I guess you could say I arrived into the world just in a nick of time before the Cubs' season started.
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I've just sort of told that story in the Introduction thread. But here goes:

Everything started with that (in)famous movie "Taking Care of Business". It was my first expsoure to baseball in general, and to the Cubs. I went on to play baseball and when I got to choose a number for my jersey, it became 71 only because 17 was already taken. Back then, when I started collecting baseball cards, all I really knew about baseball was the Chicago Cubs and Mark Grace.
Now, I managed to learn the rules (although some people may disagree) and everything else there is about Baseball. And if there was a way that I became an even bigger Cubs fan, it was after I read "Wrigleyville". After that there was no way back.
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welcome to the board, tickbite! what a great story...and I have yet to read that book!
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Do that. I can't believe there's anyone who won't become a Cub fan after reading that. And if you already are a fan: It's like being there at the World Series games in 1908 *live* (And even though we know how it ended, 1969 is a terrific chapter - you keep hoping it'll end better this time )
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well alot of stories here talking about when they were born they were fans but i wasn't so lucky i was born in 82 but it wasn't till about 89-90 till i started to get into baseball, about the same time t-ball and little leage started for me my grandpa aside from western movies only watched Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bulls games and with my mother working 10-13 hour days and her being single meant i spent alot of summers and afternoons during school at my grandparents. seems like there was always a day game on wgn but i never really became die-hard until the summer after my grand-father passed away. then i went to chicago and wrigley field for the first time a couple years later, just the WHOLE atmosphere really took me in. Walking into the stadium and seeing banners, the ivy, the 7th inning stretch, all the fans around me, and even the ticket scalpers then comparing it to when i used to see it on t.v. as a kid was just breathtaking... the cubs lost that day 7-4 to the cardinals but after experiancing the games with my grandfather as a youngster and comparing it to my first trip to wrigley i knew i was hooked for life and it would be something i would never give up.

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There is nothing in the world like walking up the steps to the concourse....where it is somewhat dark, yet full of buzz....walking up the steps, and when you reach the top of the steps and look out into the field, it has to give you a glimpse of heaven! Breathtaking! The green on the field and ivy on the walls...the blue sea in the stands.... the smells of hot dogs, beer, grilled onions. Then seeing the beautiful scoreboard looking down upon everyone...the flags standing tall. Hearing the crack of the bat during batting practice and the roar of the crowd when they catch a glimpse of their favorite player warming up....

What gets me is that just about everything you see at Wrigley has some sort of historical value....whether it be the history of the scoreboard, the W flag, the flags that each represent the different things on top of the building... the Hey Hey foul poles, the retired flags, the many sketches and references posted around the park of Harry...the lights...even the ivy has a story. And to think of all of the greats, both present and past that had once stood on the very field in front of you. If you try really hard, you can easily take yourself back to sitting in those stands, looking down at Babe Ruth standing at the home plate.... pointing out to the bleachers and calling his shot (although, I don't believe there were bleachers there at that time)....Oh, Leprechaun, thanks for bringing it all up!
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