Weellll, I was trying to think of what Cub Fans have to be thankful for, and there isn't just a whole lot, and I didn't want to do another illustration of Tom Ricketts, and I was looking through a bunch of old photographs and found this Cub journal from '91.
So I scanned some stuff out of it.
Here's Mark Grace tagging out Vince Coleman.
In '91, a bleacher seat cost six bucks.
It was the year Zim got fired.
And Joe Girardi here got creamed in a play at the plate with John Kruk. You can't read my writing, but it quotes the Trib's headline: "Hit by a Kruk".
And it was one of the first times I started to draw what it felt like to be a Cub Fan. In this case, I decided to draw something I'd rather be thinking about than the Cubs. (The top page is actually opposite of the bottom page.)This was early in the season. As you recall, Ryno always started out slow (hitting .162).
Almost 70 games into the season, the Cubs went on a 9 game losing streak.
On August 21, it says "Cubs lost last night to the...Expos. Bats fell asleep again."
August 29th, it says "I saw Hector Villanueva hit a triple. In Wrigley."
And on September 19th it says, "Well...the hell with the Cubs. It's football season anyway."
And I summed up the season with a drawing based on a popular commercial at the time. Can't remember what they were actually selling, but it showed an old woman lying at the bottom of some stairs and she was yelling "I've fallen and I can't get up!"
That was our Cubs in 1991.
So back to the thought at the top of the page...I guess I'm thankful it's not 1991.
I'm thankful that you all are here.
And Happy Thanksgiving!