I’m back in warm Champaign-Urbana. And by “warm”, I mean it was in the twenties and not in single digits. Practically a heat wave.
Many thanks to my buddy Tyler who I didn’t see all weekend but who lent me his place for the weekend while I attended the Cubs Convention. His place was well within walking distance and had all the amenities I needed (an Internet connection being the primary one).
Sweet Lou getting his photo taken with a fan.
This was my second Cubs Convention and while it doesn’t make me an expert, I did know the ropes a little more and was a little less intimidated by the crowds, lines, and excitement.
Ron Santo during “Storytelling with Cubs Legends”
Last year I spent a good amount of time acquiring autographs. Not this year. I decided to forego this in favor of enjoying the atmosphere, taking in a few talks and hopefully meeting a few people. I didn’t spend a lot of time or money on memorabilia. Just a Divisional Champion ballcap for my son and 3 pins.
These guys were playing all throughout the convention
By the way, something of interest… Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue caught Piniella in a Q&A and Lou responded with a tentative opening day lineup:
I don’t hold much in lineups formulated well before Spring Training but it’s something for us to munch on.
Oh, one last thing. the answer to the trivia question that the Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit (at the Convention) asked and had everyone stumped. The question again:
Which player has played the most games for the Yankees?
A. Yogi Berra
B. Lou Gehrig
C. Bernie Williams
D. Mickey Mantle
Many people in the audience either guessed Berra or Gehrig. The answer: Mickey Mantle with 2410 games. Gehrig is second (2164), Williams 3rd (2076) and Berra is fourth (2116).
The convention was fun and now it’s less than a month till pitchers and catchers report.
See all the photos from the convention at The Baseball Zealot Photo Gallery