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Valentine’s Day – Cubs Edition

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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.

Jon Jay/Albert Almora Jr. – I love that you guys get to come in to be the anchor of our defense in center field.  I know that you guys will work hard and be the players that will solidify the Cub Way.

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.

Special Recognition:

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.

  • Brad Lyerla

    Holy smokes! I gotta get to the store to buy a valentine for you know who!

    • CubbieBlue023

      Thanks! You need my address to send it to?

      • Brad Lyerla

        Happy Valentines Day! That will have to do.

      • CubbieBlue023

        Good enough! 🙂

      • Eddie Von White

        Today is my 35th wedding anniversary!

      • Brad Lyerla

        Congratulations. That is very important. I met my wife 3 years ago today.

      • JTBarrett16

        Congratulations!

      • Sherm

        Congratulations!

      • CubbieBlue023

        Congratulations!

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Congratulations!

      • Oh that’s fabulous!!!! Happy Anniversary to you and MrsVW! ❤

      • cap’n realist

        Eddie Von Loyal.

      • Doug S.

        Eddie Von SmarterThanMe

      • Eddie Von White

        Thanks everyone!! Seems like a short time and a long time all at the same time.

        Can’t wait for opening day.

      • Daaaaang.. 35 is no joke! Happy Vonniversary Eddie!

      • Eddie Von White

        I love all the Eddie Von epithets.

  • JTBarrett16

    Look in the tunk

    • Sherm

      I can never remember. Should you eat oysters in the tunk? Or not.

      • JTBarrett16

        Simpsons

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Happy Pitchers and Catcher Report Day!!

  • Doc Raker

    Kinda of creepy.

    Can we start spring training now?

  • JTBarrett16

    Wood to KC. 2 years, 12M.

    • Kyle

      Bummer. I’ll miss having Wood.

      • Eddie Von White

        They’ve got medication

      • cap’n realist

        Eddie Von Rickles

      • JTBarrett16

        Renaissance Man. Starter, reliever, outfielder, hitter, and pinch-runner

  • Sherm

    So…all this LOVE talk got me thinking and I decided to go an do something stupid. So, enjoy. Or not. Happy Valentine’s Day. And anniversary.

    To the tune of “To all the girls I’ve loved before” (with great liberties taken and apologies to Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias)

    To All the Cubs I’ve Loved Before:

    To all the Cubs I’ve loved before
    Who traveled out the clubhouse door
    I’m glad they came along, I dedicate this song
    To all the Cubs I’ve loved before…

    To all the Cubs who played the fields
    From Maldonado to DeShields
    From Varsho, to Mel Hall,
    We tried to love them all…
    To all the Cubs we’ve loved before…

    To all the Cubs who took the mound,
    Who toed the slab on hallowed ground,
    Lilly, Sut and Beck,
    Schiraldi, Trout and Eck,
    To all the Cubs we’ve loved before…

    To all the Cubs in corner spots,
    Who played the bunts and rocket shots,
    Olt, Vitters, Penguin, and Orie
    The Bull, Ron Santo, and DLee,
    To all the Cubs we’ve loved before…

    I’m glad they came along, I dedicate this song
    To all the Cubs I’ve loved before

    We can’t forget the Cubs, of course,
    Always looking for the force,
    The middle’s key, you know,
    We loved that Theriot,
    To all the Cubs we’ve loved before…

    To those who toiled behind the plate,
    Some not-so good, and some were great,
    From Jody, Lake, and Barrett –
    Always ready for the fight,
    To Koyie, Soto, Servais, and, well,
    Even yes, Hank White…
    To all the Cubs we’ve loved before…

    They live within our heart,
    they’ll always be a part
    Of all the Cubs I’ve loved before

    To all the Cubs I’ve loved before
    Who travelled out the clubhouse door
    I’m glad they came along, I dedicate this song
    To all the Cubs I’ve loved before…

    To all those men who played those games,
    Too many to use all their names,
    Cotto, Byrd, and Choi
    Prior was our boy,
    To all the Cubs I’ve loved before…

    Maddux was the King,
    To Sosa, and Wild Thing,
    To all the Cubs I’ve loved before…

    Cherry, Bell, Alou,
    We wanted to be you,
    To all the Cubs I’ve loved before…

    To Z, and Reed, and Ryne,
    The pleasure was all mine,
    To all the Cubs I’ve loved before…

    I’ll take this time to offer thanks,
    To Billy, Fergie, & Ernie Banks,
    To Harry and Steve Stone,
    Holtzman and Fanzone,
    To all the Cubs I’ve loved before…

    And the unpublished “extra” verse:

    We loved you all so madly,
    Except for Milkit Badly,
    And the times we’d beg…
    Don’t put in Greggin’ Gregg,
    To all the Cubs I’ve loved before…

    • CubbieBlue023

      Excellent!!!

    • Seymour Butts

      Well that made my post anti-climactic.

    • Adam Peters

      Very nice. But where was Shawon Dunston?

      JK: I effing HATE Shawon Dunston

      • Sherm

        I thought about him – but the only thing I could rhyme with Shawon was ga-won (gone) and so I left it alone.

      • Adam Peters

        I’d have been OK with “Shawon I’m so glad you’re gawon” but I suppose that’s contrary to the spirit of the song.

      • Eddie Von White

        This is great. How long does it take you to put these little beauties together?

      • cap’n realist

        Sherm Von Woody Guthrie

      • Sherm

        This one? About fifteen minutes – once the idea strikes, it’s just a matter of filling in the blanks.

        Besides Mitterwald? There are no rhymes for Grudzielanek.

        Of course, once I wrote it and pushed post, I thought of a bunch of other guys I should have used…but that’s what I get for spontaneity and no research. No Mark Grace? C’mon…I loved that guy. I think I forgot the Hawk, too. Dammit. And Al Nipper. Wait, what?

      • Eddie Von White

        There’s can always be a revised edition.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Great post, but it would have been awesome if you were able to find a rhyme with Mitterwald.

    • Doug S.

      Instant Classic, Sherm.

  • Seymour Butts

    A hearty and happy VD to all my buds here at the view.

    Yes it is sad that we have lost our Wood, and the only Johnson on the horizon appears to have a hole in it.

    But we will get by.

    I wish for all of you the enjoyment of opponent boners a plenty to keep us firmly engaged thru the nascent spring and subsequent tumescence into the regular season. A solid campaign of hard play will lead to another frenzied post season that is now warmly, comfortably familiar. Rigid adherence to fundamentals with a dash of Maddoinistic angst should culminate in an eruption of emotion as we celebrate a repeat of the most blissful moment in each of our lives.

    I was talking about Baseball, but feel free to interpret liberally.

    • JTBarrett16

      I interpreted it conservatively

  • JTBarrett16
    • Seymour Butts

      Schadenfreude.

  • JTBarrett16

    Schwarber will get the chance to catch:
    http://m.cubs.mlb.com/news/article/215987980/cubs-to-give-kyle-schwarber-time-as-catcher/

    Long-term he is not going to be a catcher. Not when he’s going to hit 104 HRs in 2017

    • cap’n realist

      did you read the article? It says very clearly that they are hoping he can be the 3rd catcher. Nobody in baseball employs a 3rd catcher. Every other team calls the 3rd guy the ’emergency’ catcher. For the record, I am fine with Schwarber being the emergency catcher. He will likely be better than anyone else they have, save Baez, who would probably be a ridiculously good catcher if they strapped the tools on him. Heck, I’ll even go as far as to say he’ll be the best emergency catcher in the league. Defensively.

      • JTBarrett16

        I did read it. Even as the 3rd/emergency catcher he’s still catching. Plenty of teams have had 3 catchers

      • flashback to the time you told us ‘plenty of [your] friends still watch Arthur’..