Friday, December 29, 2006
My favorite Christmas present...
As a season ticket holder for my dear Chicago Cubs, not a year goes by that I don't contemplate buying an authentic Cubs jersey. I'm somewhat practical when it comes to material purchases for myself (but less so when buying the drinks for friends!), so, this was the seasonal anguish I put myself through. I couldn't bring myself to walk in the Sports Corner on Addison and plunk down the BIG chunk-o-change on this luxury for myself.
I had already started the talk this year when the Cubs signed Alfonso Soriano to play outfield and hired Lou Pinella to manage the team. "If I get that jersey this year, who would it be?" Maybe Derek Lee or Michael Barrett? No, too new. I'm a bit old school, at least throwing back to my days growing up with the Cubs. Maybe Grace, maybe Ryno. That sounds more like it.
And then Christmas day it happened. My wife and mom-and- law teamed up and really surprised me.
Any nice little gifts that kinda got ya? I really didn't see this coming.
Oh yeah, and it's a Ryne Sandberg. Can't go wrong with Number 23 in Chicago. And it fits perfect.