A Short Letter of Love, Loyalty and Light from the Cardinal Fan Wife Behind the Scenes
I just wanted to jump on here because I thought it would be fun to tell you a little bit more about the man who started The Ivy Boys and what Cubs baseball means to him. He did not ask me to do this, nor did he ever mention me writing a blog for his website. I just wanted to put a few words down that crossed my mind the other day while driving home from work.
I was thinking about the Cubs and my husband’s relationship with that team. He has always said it goes, God, Family then Cubs Baseball. The Cubs are his home. The Cubs are his childhood memories. The Cubs would be his second family if they allowed it. He immerses himself in the team all year long, even when the season is over. He talks, thinks, and breathes Cubs baseball.
For most of us, January 1st is the first day of the year. That’s when we begin our new journeys and find a fresh start. The light inside of us renews. But after being with Chipper for 8 years, and married almost 5 of those years, I’ve noticed that is not Chipper’s first day of the year.
His first day of the year is Opening Day.
The long and cold winter months from January 1st to that precious day in April the light inside Chipper is somewhat dim. He goes to work, takes care of his family, and he is a content and happy man, but something isn’t quite right in his world. There is that lingering dullness in his days that he can’t shake off. However, when the rumblings of Spring Training and news reports start to flutter on his phone, the light inside him gives off a few sparks. As more news and images of players start to emerge, that same light starts to send out bigger sparks and stays on a little longer. The excitement within him begins to radiate on the outside. Chipper’s attitude and state of mind has morphed into a brand new beaming light. His entire body transforms originating with that baseball shaped heart that beats steady at first then faster, and faster. Then, before he can fully realize how much time has gone by because of the distraction of the transformation, the day has arrived. It’s here. He can finally start his new year. The light has never been brighter.
The cold beers are cracked, the dogs are on the grill, and the Cubs are on his TV. His loyalty to this team never changes, and he devoutly watches every single game, even when they are playing in the West Coast and he has to work at 7 am the next day. He stays up for every pitch, every out, every swing, every loss, and every victory.
He can still recite play by play the 2016 World Series Game 7 leading up to the final out. But good luck getting him to tell you that without tears in his eyes. And every time he does, I feel like we’ve gone back in time, and I’m staring into the eyes of 13-year-old Chipper. It’s a beautiful thing to see someone’s life-long dreams come true, no matter how big or small.
So when you hear Chipper on his podcast, or read his blogs, you are witnessing the purest form of the love of the game. His light is fully turned on and for everyone to see. He has so much fun doing it and puts his heart into every part of it. He high fives me for every new view, click, comment (even the negative ones) So, thank you for watching, listening, and reading. You are fueling Chipper’s light all season long.
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