Cubs Crossings Defined

Cubs Crossings……

 

The first chosen name for this blog was ‘Cubs Corners’ however, I saw that might be taken so, I settled on ‘Cubs Crossings’ highlighting, Waveland & Sheffield, and Clark & Addison depicting the street crossings all Cubs fans have to use, to get to Wrigley Field.

Cubs Crossings is all about a Cubs fan stranded in Idaho, who, has been without the Cubs on TV/Radio for quite awhile since, our cable provider dropped, WGN a few years, ago.

All is once again, good with MLB-tv on my computer, and bandwidth mounting up but, at least I’ve got the Cubbies when I want them.

This blog started as a one page companion to my Groovy Gazette blog on WordPress. Cubs Crossings has many connections to a lot of information about the Chicago Cubs, along with my commentary on the Cubs.  

The Cubs Crossings Page Count developed and listed on the side-bar , includes, ‘Today’s Cubs Crossings’  which is, the main posting area, featuring my commentary.  ‘Cubs Connections On The Internet’ includes more connections to the Cubs on the web.

I am not a baseball analyst or, statistician but, I am a Cubs fan with an opinion. You’re welcome to throw me out at 1st if, your opinion differs from mine.

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How I Became A Cubs Fan

There are a number of ways to become a Cubs fan, and my story begins with a childhood in Southern California, specifically in a Los Angeles suburb, as a Dodgers fan.

My introduction to Major League Baseball was by, my Father before my pre-teen years. The Dodgers were playing in the L.A. Coliseum , and sharing quarters with the L. A. Rams of the NFL.

I was a Dodgers fan, and much of it centered around the Dodgers’ pitching icon, Sandy Koufax.

Wally Moon protected the left field boundaries, only 200+’ from home plate. The wall was an amazing structure running upwards about 200+’ (measurement literally 42 feet, and it really wasn’t a wall. It was, a tarp) to compensate for the short distance, out. At the same time it was over 400′ to right. Brooklyn’s star Center-fielder, Duke Snider played for several years with the Dodgers in L.A., and Gil Hodges was at first base.

Change of locale within the confines of the Los Angeles area came for the Dodgers about 1961 or, 1962 with Dodger Stadium built for Dodger Baseball where they reside, today.

The Dodgers’ biggest star is, still there, and active with the team. That would be their ‘ace of the mic,’ Vin Scully who is by, far without a doubt a polished, accomplished, professional spokesman any major league baseball team would be happy to have as their media captain. Scully has a distinct voice, and the ability to paint moving pictures on the radio during non-televised games.

Scully recently returned to the Dodgers for the 2013 season, and his 63rd year of continuous employment.

Times changed, and the Dodger metrics of course, changed with the times. It just wasn’t the same team, I could associate with my childhood.

Long removed from Southern California, Major League Baseball became a tv watchable item for me but, no favorites. Then, an unexpected experience with newly acquired cable service featuring WGN.

One day, I’m channel hopping with no idea what was about to happen.

A Major League Baseball game but, not just any MLB game. It was a Cubs game on Chicago’s WGN. That alone didn’t necessarily grab me. What did grab me was, the announcer.

He was far different from Vin Scully who, could paint pictures. I never got the feeling from Vin Scully that he was just there to enjoy a two-way conversation with me about baseball though, Scully is brilliant at his craft.

The Cubs announcer at the time was, Harry Caray. He immediately gave me the impression that he just wanted to visit about baseball, and particularly the Cubs. It was as as if he had trouble understanding why, we weren’t conversing down a two way street. Let me put it, another way. Caray made me feel like he bought the first round, and he was perfectly willing to get the next as long as, we could be ‘baseball buddies.’

Something was taken from the game with Caray’s death. By that time, he pulled me in, and it didn’t seem to matter who would be next behind the mic.

There was only one of a kind. Harry Caray was that one, and Vin Scully is the other one.

So, for whatever reason, and in tribute to, my ‘baseball buddy,’ I am a Cubs fan.

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Thank you! Makes for a good beginning.

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