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Old May 5th 2009, 11:12 am
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I have to share this about my Grandpa Jack

So I grew up in Wisconsin near the Minnesota border not far from Minneapolis. I could have been raised as a Twins or Brewers fan easily. Me being a Cubs fan started with my Grandpa. He also grew up in the same area. The Brewers and Twins didn't come around until the 60's so they were non-factors in his upbringing. He is 79 years old and has always loved the Cubs. This in turn made my dad and also myself Cubs fans. Something I've already passed on to my son.

So here is the part I really wanted to share. About 3 weeks ago he was diagnosed with a softball sized brain tumor. He showed no symptoms until one day his vision started to blur. At the age of 79 they were not sure if they wanted to operate or not. After many tests they decided that they would go through with the surgery and remove as much of the tumor as possible. It was no guarantee that he would live through the surgery or if he would get his vision back. Yesterday the 4th of May was the day of his surgery. It was a grueling 12 hour brain surgery an it went very well and they removed more of the tumor than they thought was possible. Everyone is beyond relieved and he is such a huge part of the family and no one expected for something like this to happen.

So after the 12 hour surgery and a night of recovery Grandpa Jack comes to and wants to ask my dad something. My dad leans in close to hear what he has to ask. The first thing he says is, "How did the Cubs do?" My dad just laughs and gladly told him that they they won.

4 generations of Cubs fans. The hat my dad is wearing is actually my Mesa Solar Sox hat from the AZ Fall League.
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Old May 5th 2009, 1:16 pm
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It's Cubs fans like your grampa who i'll be most happy for when the Cubs do finally win a championship. The older generations went through some very rough Cub seasons. All the while, they remained genuinely loyal. Wish your grandpa, a great Cubs fan, all the best!
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Great story , it is a perfect tale of how baseball possess such a grasp on our hearts , more than any other sport could ever.

I wish the best for Grampa Jack .
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Glad the surgery went well. Great story.
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Great story, Doba! Very glad all went well! Were you able to come home for the surgery?

It's stories like this that the players need to hear. I honestly don't know if many of them understand what being a Cub really means!
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Again Doba my prayers are with you and your family. On the lighter side of things though, when telling him about todays game - please dont mention the lineup or he will want Lou fired too. LoL.
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Wow, what a great story with a happy ending! I hope the Cubs can give Grandpa Jack a happy ending to the '09 season. He deserves it.
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