“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” ~Rogers Hornsby
I don’t remember much from when I was little, but one thing that I do remember is the day that I fell in love with baseball. There are a few people in my life that understand my passion for this game, that’s why going to the Cubs Convention is an experience like no other. It’s the day where I am in a place full of people that share that same love, that same passion, like I do. You see all types of people, from different backgrounds, different ages, different places, but we all share something great, we all have one thing in common…we all love the Chicago Cubs. I knew that this year’s Convention would be different. To begin with, my favorite player was gone. I wasn’t really looking to meet any players in particular or anything of that sort, I really just wanted to go and have a good time with my fellow Cub fans, and that I did.
Throughout the whole event, what stayed with me was how much of an impact the Ricketts family has had on the fans since buying our beloved team. There were no negative comments at all, in fact the first seminar featured all of the Ricketts siblings and fans were given the opportunity to ask them questions. There were a couple that did but most of them wanted to take the time to share with them a story of a specific event where they had made their day, they wanted to thank them for the job they’re doing, they wanted to thank them for buying our team and taking it to another level. The Ricketts family really believe in what they are doing and they know a Championship is coming, I could see that in the fans as well. I couldn’t help but feel it myself. You could see how much the Ricketts genuinely cared about forming a winning team and giving the fans the best experience. It was almost as if the fans were willing to forgive the Cubs for all the pain they have endured. There wasn’t anything earth shattering during the Convention, nothing that made me jump with excitement, but just seeing the boys that I spend every summer with turned it into an amazing time. After a few seminars the players kept saying the same thing like: “Chicago Cubs fans are the best in the world” “Wrigley Field is the best place to play in” “We want to win and we really believe we can do it this year.” These are the typical phrases that as fans we expect, but it’s always nice to hear and to see the guys show that passion for baseball and for this team.
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I wasn’t crazy about the new location or the setup, but it’s their first year in a new place so I will give them a break. Overall I had a great time and I’m so excited because as soon as the Convention is over you know that baseball is right around the corner, and I am so ready. I can’t wait to bring the game recaps to all of you once again. Going to the Convention this year made me realize once again how amazing it is to be a Cubs fan. Sure, we’ve endured a lot of heartbreak throughout the years, but our time is coming…it’s going to happen.