This is my Happy Father's Day card to you, on this Happy Father's Day, 2011.
Even though it was YOU who first taught me to hit a baseball, to hit the cutoff man, to duck out of the way of the high hard one.
YOU who first took me to Wrigley Field.
YOU who gave me your Phil Cavarretta 1st baseman's mitt, who tried and failed to explain the balk, who taught me to sing the only song I've ever memorized (the one with peanuts and Cracker Jack).
And it was YOU who taught me that there's always next year.
You're the coolest.
May your beer be cold, your mustard be hot, and may the Cubs beat those damn Yankees tonight.
(Flack - thanks for the AWESOME Ernie jersey!)
(Painting done from a photo taken at Jake's Pub, Clark and Oakdale.)