MLB…R.I.P. Mr. Cub.

I was watching TV on Friday evening and I saw the news crawl across the bottom of the screen. I won’t quote it word for word, but the message was simple and sad. Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, a baseball immortal, has passed away at 83 years old. My first thought was how sad it was that he was gone. My second thought was that baseball had lost one of its last gentlemen and one of its true gamers. It was Ernie Banks who was famous for his tagline of ‘Let’s play two!’ He was a great ambassador for the game of baseball, and for the Chicago Cubs. I like to think that everybody who has ever played the game has a little of the spirit of Ernie Banks in them. Ernie Banks loved baseball, the Cubs, and Chicago. For the 19 years that he played in a Cubs uniform, he played in 14 All-Star Games, hit 512 home runs and was the first National League player to win back-to-back MVP honors. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977 on the first ballot. Ernie Banks was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2013. Ernie Banks did all of this, and still never forgot how important that the fans were to the game. Ernie Banks was always approachable, and always gracious and willing to talk to fans and the media alike.
I am not a talented enough of a wordsmith to describe the magnitude of the loss of Ernie Banks. He has now passed into the realm of great players who now make up Heavens baseball team. He has earned his place on that squad, and we are left with the memories provided to us by Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. R.I.P.

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