Valentine’s Day – Cubs Edition
Since Valentine’s Day is special to many people across the country, I thought it would be appropriate if I gave a Valentine message to some individuals associated with the team. I am not expecting a Valentine in return so I hope they can take these and put them in their Valentine Box Collection.
Ricketts Family – I love that life long Cub fans bought this team. Your family has a deep love for this organization and the money that you have allowed to be spent has brought a winner to the North Side.
Theo Epstein – I love the way that you have constructed this team. When you took over it was very hard for us, fans, to be patient and trust the process. We have learned that this was due diligence and now other teams are trying to model what you have done. Give your front office team some love from me as well.
Joe Maddon – I love the way that you handle this ball club since you became manager. I appreciate the way that you make the game fun for the players and they can be loose at all times, even in the tightest of situations. P.S.: If I can be at a post game clubhouse party (after a win) I can assure you that my karaoke skills are exceptional.
Willson Contreras – My love for you is that you are able to handle our pitching staff, as a young player, and fire bb’s to second and third to make up for the slower delivery to the plate that some of our pitchers have from the mound.
Anthony Rizzo – I “heart” your perseverance in everything that you have gone through in your life. From battling and beating cancer to going through three trades to get you to the North Side…you are a champion to all of us and we couldn’t be more proud of your accomplishments.
Javier Baez – I love YOUR love for the game of baseball. You go out each day and have fun. Your quick tags, your base running, and your devotion to get better since you were first called up should be an example that all young players have each year.
Addison Russell – I love that Billy Ball (Billy Beane, A’s) was willing to give you up for a guy who didn’t want to buy into what our organization was trying to do in order to build a winner. You bring so much enthusiasm to this team and the willingness to go all out. That Gold Glove is right around the corner for you.
Kris Bryant – I love that you are wanting to get better than you were the previous year. From Rookie of the Year to National League MVP, you are not complacent on where you are right now as a player and want to continue to improve. I dare you to hit 60 dingers this year.
Kyle Schwarber – I was very sad to see you go down with an injury during the first series last year. But I love how you worked your tail off throughout the year to be ready to help our team when the World Series came around. Your hard work and grit through that time is something that every one of us should admire.
Jason Heyward – I know that you had your struggles last year. I don’t think that you meant to do that on purpose. But I love the fact that you stepped up during the rain delay in Game 7 of the World Series to give your “famous” speech. Thank you for working hard this off-season to try to improve your game. I am eager to see the results.
Ben Zobrist – Thank you for hitting that double down the left field line to bring in the winning run in the World Series. You always have been the guy that came through in the clutch. You were my friend’s favorite player when you played for the Kansas City Royals. I am very glad you are with us now.
Jon Lester – I love that you go out on the mound each start and have that bulldog mentality. You know, along with everyone else, that you get the “yips” on throws to first and on bunts. But that doesn’t stop you from doing your think on the mound and giving anyone the “words” when they want to challenge you.
Jake Arrieta – I love your competitive nature that you have within yourself. You go out on the mound and show that you are about results. You are your worst critic and it is good to see that you want what is best for the team. P.S.: Please re-sign.
Kyle Hendricks – I love that I have to guess how you are feeling during each game. Even though you probably won’t show much emotion reading this Valentine, I know deep inside you enjoy the words. I will be honest with you…in the past it sometimes scared me when you were on the mound with the way you pitched. But this past year I looked forward to seeing you on the mound throwing strikes, ala Greg Maddux.
John Lackey – I love the “I really don’t care what you think. You can hate me and I will be fine” attitude you bring to our staff. Unlike some of our other pitchers, you wear your emotions on your sleeve. It makes me smile when you get upset when you make a mistake. I can live with that.
Mike Montgomery – I love that last pitch you made in the World Series. It made me smile. And it made Kris Bryant smile as well when he threw the ball to first base for the final out. I am glad that we traded for you mid-season when you were with the Seattle Mariners. Keep working hard.
Travis Wood – I love that you have been there with us through the bad times as well as the World Series last year. I would love to have you on the team again this year. I know that the Cubs have extended an offer to you right before spring training is to begin. I hope you accept the offer and come back.
Dexter Fowler – Even though you play for the rival St. Louis Cardinals now…I love how you set our lineup each game. You went 100 mph every play and turned out great results during our championship run. I wish you luck in every game except the games against my Cubs.
Chris Coghlan – I love that you are in every championship picture that I have when you guys were celebrating at the end of the game. You were fast to the mound and were in the right place at the right time. That is “Respecting 90” in my opinion.
I love you, Cubs! What Valentine’s message do you have for our players…past or present? I know they would love to hear from you.