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Favorite Cub player growing up

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Posted: 5/7/2013 12:45 PM

Favorite Cub player growing up 


Mine was Billy Williams. That man had the sweetest left handed swing ever.

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Posted: 5/7/2013 12:48 PM

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jb, I'll gladly respond to you in this thread. I think you're a little older than me!!

I grew up a huge Ryne Sandberg fan. Still my favorite player of all time.
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Posted: 5/7/2013 12:52 PM

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Ryne Sandberg
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Posted: 5/7/2013 2:20 PM

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Ryne Sandberg and Mark Grace.  Nothing got through on the right side of the infield.
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Posted: 5/7/2013 2:46 PM

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Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins
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Posted: 5/7/2013 2:48 PM

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Fergie Jenkins
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Posted: 5/7/2013 2:49 PM

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Dawson
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Posted: 5/7/2013 3:18 PM

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Beside the obvious of Sandberg, Banks and Williams I actually liked Andre Thornton. In 1975 with my grand mother (big Cub fan) he signed my baseball bat for me. (yes you were able to bring stuff like that to the game back then). They traded him after that and he went on and averaged something like 20 HR's for the next 10 years with Cleveland. I use to try to catch glimpse of him on channel 44 when the Indians played the White Sox. Anyway...I've received therapy since then, but never did like Larry Biitner (the guy with two ii's) that came over in that trade and makes Mark Grace look like a power hitter.
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Posted: 5/7/2013 3:24 PM

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Yeah those are all the obvious names. I used to love emulating the Jerome Walton stance. Also used to practice pitching like Sutcliffe, the hidden ball delivery. Used to like Dunston, except when he would chase the low breaking ball away. Bob Dernier was also another favorite, the daily double of him and Sandberg. I remember getting excited about Thad Bosley pinch hitting. One of the all-time best pinch hitters.
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Posted: 5/7/2013 3:58 PM

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My favorite pitcher was Doug Dascenzo.
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Posted: 5/7/2013 5:35 PM

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Jody Davis as far as catchers go.
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Posted: 5/7/2013 6:43 PM

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I don't know if I truly had a favorite Cub growing up but if I did, it had to be Ryno which is an insanely easy choice. I will say though that because of my little league coach who when I was 11 made us watch film of Greg Maddux because he loved his mechanics and wanted us to be similar in our throwing styles, I will also say that became a big time Mad Dog fan and stayed that way even when I was the Braves. I always rooted for him when he took the mound down in Atlanta except when he faced Prior in Game 3 of the 2003 NLDS. Then I hope he pitch well but the Cubs still won!

And yes, my little league coach was insane. He was our neighbor who claimed to have a home business but reality was a stay at home dad that had trouble filling the hours especially when his kids got older. But he knew the game insanely well highlighted by choosing Maddux to be a model for proper mechanics. Nice guy, good coach but completely insane!

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Posted: 5/7/2013 7:00 PM

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+1.  Devastated when they didn't resign Maddux.  I didn't know at the time that he would have taken the Cubs offer if they only had matched the Braves.  About Mad Dog's delivery/mechanics, every pitcher should imitate that.  It always amazed me how quickly he set up to take away balls up the middle.  Best changeup/control I ever saw from a pitcher.
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Posted: 5/7/2013 7:28 PM

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I love Sandberg, Grace and Maddux, but my favorite Cubs of all are from my (de)formative years in the mid-to-late 70's.  Maybe it's just me, but it seemed like players had more individual styles back then--Jerry Morales holding his bat way up high; the way Manny Trillo would gobble up a ground ball and then pause to read the NL Commissioner's signature before beating the runner by half a step at first base.  Even Rick Reuschel and his...um...unique body type--would any scout today even give a second thought to a kid 50 lbs overweight who can't break 90 on the gun?  True story--I'm playing 1st base in Little League and our 2b is a kid who's even a bigger Cubs fan than me.  Adores Manny Trillo.  One day, there's a routine 4-hopper hit to second--Darold gloves it cleanly, pauses a good second to check Chub Feeney's signature, and then...throws it five feet over my head, over the dugout, and into the parking lot.  E4--but he did it with style!  biggrin
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Posted: 5/7/2013 7:42 PM

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Grandpaboy1967 wrote: Even Rick Reuschel and his...um...unique body type--would any scout today even give a second thought to a kid 50 lbs overweight who can't break 90 on the gun? 
My memory is foggy on Reuschel, but one thing stands out because of its hilarity.  That dude could fly on the bases.

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Posted: 5/7/2013 8:08 PM

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KatieCubFan wrote:
Grandpaboy1967 wrote: Even Rick Reuschel and his...um...unique body type--would any scout today even give a second thought to a kid 50 lbs overweight who can't break 90 on the gun? 
My memory is foggy on Reuschel, but one thing stands out because of its hilarity.  That dude could fly on the bases.
That's the thing, Katie--he was actually a really good athlete.  RR could field his position with the best of them and he could handle the bat, too...we're talking about a pitcher who struck out in fewer than 25% of his plate appearances.  Not too shabby...
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Posted: 5/7/2013 8:35 PM

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ron santo. he was a great third baseman who made the job look easy in an era of great third basemen. did not hurt that he could launch it too in the dead ball era.
"It's only football...." - Lovie's farewell speech
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Posted: 5/7/2013 9:54 PM

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I was in 2nd grade in '84, 7th grade in '89 and a senior in college in '98, and LOVED each of those teams.
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Posted: 5/7/2013 10:19 PM

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Played shortstop my whole baseball career - little league and high school. Shawon Dunston was my favorite player. Also big Jody Davis fan. He was the king of Wrigley Field. I met both of them during spring training seven years ago and both are great guys. Fergie is awesome too.
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Posted: 5/7/2013 11:37 PM

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As a very young boy, I loved Dave Kingman's swing for the bleachers approach and Bruce Sutter's nearly unhittable stuff on the mound. As I got older and Wrigely blew up the club before selling it off (and Dallas Green continued to blow it up after the Trib hired him on), I was a fan of Ryne Sandberg and Andre Dawson. Both guys played the game with the right attitude (they played team ball and respected the game), both got the most out of their tools, they played an intelligent game, and they worked really hard & hustled on the little stuff. Greg Maddux also fit their mold, but I was in university by the time he made the club... I finished growing by then tongue

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