Since Lou handled the ins and outs of why Cubscast is no longer going to be around so well, I thought I'd share a little bit about what being part of Cubscast for these last 6 years has meant to the three of us. I've been thinking a lot about baseball lately, and the more I have the more I've realized that my love of baseball and the Cubs has a lot less to do with the sport, or the team itself, than it does with the friendships it's brought into my life. Forgive the melodramatics, but Cubs baseball is the thing I talk about most often with my dad since moving away from home. It was what my mom so loved to have on the TV when I was growing up after school. It's the game my wife, a non-sports fan who grew up in Hawaii, fell in love with as she and I fell in love with one another. Now when the Cubs are 15 games out of first place and I can't even stand to turn on the game on a Sunday afternoon, she's switching on GN and telling me to buck up and cheer for Marlon Byrd.
The Cubs are also, not surprisingly, the reason Lou, Sneetch and I became friends in the first place.
I remember the first time I ever met the two of them in high school, it was at a party that a friend of mine was hosting that they were at because they were invited by his younger sister. I remember them sizing me up, trying to tell if I really did know the Cubs, or if I was just another poser who thought Joe Morgan sure was awfully insightful on TV. And of course I was doing the exact same thing to them.
Years later when Sneetch moved to LA, despite the fact that we both worked in entertainment, it was the Cubs we talked about the most when we'd get together, they're the reason we became such good friends. And when we started Cubscast I still barely knew Lou, having only run into him a couple of times since meeting at that party years back. But after just a few seasons of doing Cubscast he had become one of my closest friends and was a groomsman in my wedding.
Anyway, I mention all this because I believe very much in the power of baseball, and specifically our favorite team, the Cubs, to bring people together. That's what Cubscast was all about for us, it was simply fans talking about the team they love with one another. We never expected so many other fans to take to it the way they did, but that's the power of the Cubs I suppose. Over the years we had the privilege of meeting and interacting with so many wonderful people, all very different and from different corners of the country and even the globe, but all with one pretty tremendous thing in common- they all loved (and at times hated) the Chicago Cubs. And none of the countless, wonderful interactions we had and friendships we made would have been possible without you, the Cubscast listener, tuning in and giving us, just three regular Cubs fans, a chance to be part of your Cubs fan experience.
So from the bottom of our hearts, Lou, Sneetch and I want to say thanks one last time for giving us such an awesome 6 years, it's meant the world to us. So thank you all very, very much, and Go Cubs!