It is Opening Day at Wrigley Field today. I can safely say with out a doubt, the Cubs will not win it this year. Yet for every Cub fan, hope springs eternal. Works that way in baseball and life.
My first baseball game was June 8th, 1975, Cincinati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves. It was a Sunday, my dad took me. Just the two of us sitting on the first base side. We ate hot dogs, Cracker Jack, and ice cream. The Braves lost that day (the Reds won the World Series that year). The thing I remember most was being with my dad and him telling me who to watch and cheer for. It was a great day.
From that moment I was pretty much hooked on baseball. I collected cards, followed box scores. I wish I could tell you that I was a good baseball player, but I wasn’t (I had a decent glove, no bat). And I was okay with that. We moved around a few times when I was a kid, so I became a fan of the team of the city where we were living. I got to see Hank Aaron play when we lived in Atlanta, saw Rod Carew when we lived in Minnesota, when I was in college I saw George Brett play in Kansas City. I’ve lived in Chicago the longest and consider myself a Cub fan. I got to see Ryne Sandberg, Greg Maddux, and Andre Dawson amongst others. My grandfather used to tell me stories of Cub players of old. I’ve been a fan of the Cubs since forever.
I don’t not like the White Sox, for the record. I remember when they won it all in 2005 cheering and yelling with friends after that final out. I just prefer the Cubs is all.
I saved all my Cubs and Red Sox hats from when I was a kid. And after years of trying, I finally got my son to wear a Cubs hat yesterday. He also said this Summer he would go to a game. I actually started teaching him how to read the box score in the paper yesterday. I don’t think he had a clue of what I was talking about, he smiled and seemed to enjoy it. Maybe it was just the expierence of being with his dad. I don’t know.
I can tell you that first baseball game, I had no clue of what was going on the field. I just remember being with my dad and thinking it was pretty cool.
In the past few years, I’ve hit some pretty lowest of lows. I’ve had a few jobs, I’ve parted ways with some really good friends, struggled mightly. I’ve never not given up hope. I know the Cubs are headed in the right direction. It’s going to take some time to get where they are going. And so am I.
Rest assured, when the Cubs win the World Series, I am going to be sitting there with Frankie.
It occurred to me the other night, that Frankie and I are going to come to the end of the James Bond movies (which will work our perfectly, because the weather we will be warmer and we can be outside). That being said, I was faced with the question of “what is next, movie wise. I found myself at a movies crossroads (with all the things going on in my life, this is a nice problem to have).
And then I remembered we had seen “The Avengers” last fall and he absolutely loved it (his favorite Avenger is Hawkeye). A couple of weeks I went to the library and grabbed “Captain America”. I think the Superhero movies that are out. Iron Man, Captain America, whomever. All good things to explore. Not only are they fun movies and for the most part, kid friendly. There are some decent lessons to be learned in there.
When I was a kid I loved Superheros. Saturday mornings I was up early watching “Superfriends”. My favorite character on that show was Aquaman, he could summon any sea creature he wanted (what a cool super power to have). I loved watching episodes of Batman and Robin. I can even remember a couple of made for TV “Spiderman” and “Captain America” movies. All great stuff.
Then I got older, my shows disappeared. I found myself flipping through the new comic books in the grocery store or bookstore and it just wasn’t the same for me.
I’ve seen all the Marvel Superhero movies, and my favorite is still “Captain America”. I saw this movie the first night it came out. It’s a good story of good vs. evil, standing up to the bully, etc. I like the concept of the good guys taking their lumps, but eventually winning. Something that I try to apply to my life. Something that I try to teach Frankie.
I like the Captain because he remembers where he came from and who he is. He’s definitely one of the good guys.
Frankie is heads and shoulders the tallest kid in his class (I’m 6’3 and his mother is 6’0). He is probably closer in height to a 3rd grader then he is to boy who is in kindergarten. I tell him to stay away from bullies and people like that. If he’s ever confronted, to always remember have your friends back and don’t be afraid to stand up for your friends. Standing up for the little guy, kind of tough concept to explain to your 6-year-old. One that doesn’t hurt to start early.
What has been a really long week, was made a little bit happier last night by going out to dinner with Frankie and then cruising over to a play area at a local mall.
I am every amazed at the things that come out of my 6 year olds mouth, they sometimes just make me laugh out loud. Last night was no exception.
Dad, what are your favorite James Bond movies. I have to think about it, Frankie. Why don’t you tell me your favorite movies, I asked.
So here are Frankie’s favorite James Bond movies (followed by an updated list of my favorites)
1) Skyfall (he knows the words to the theme song also)
3) The Man with the Golden Gun
4) Tomorrow Never Dies
5) You Only Live Twice
My favorite James Bond movies (complete with comments from Frankie)
1) Thunderball (I like the sharks, Dad)
2) Goldfinger (I like the Aston Martin, Dad. Can you get me one)
3) Skyfall (that’s my favorite movie. It can’t be on your list. Well, it’s not #1. Okay, Dad)
4) From Russia With Love ( I like trains, dad)
5) Casino Royale ( can you teach me how to play cards, dad)
The conversations you have with your kids.