So, it was 2008 and I'd done this painting of my bike...
I still do this - you bungee a transistor radio to your bike and go ride around listening to Pat and Ron (back then it was Ron Santo) call a Cubs game.
It can just be a ride up to Walgreens, or a long slow glide around the park, but there's something magic about the transistor that I just love.
Anyway, I had the painting at work for some reason and got a call from a friend who was doing a State Farm commercial (can't find it on You Tube) that had Pat and Ron in the soundtrack.
They were recording and would I like to come over.
But I had stuff to do and couldn't leave for a bit.
Late, I cabbed over to where they were recording, hit the elevator button and out walks Pat Hughes and Ron Santo.
Come ON, MAN!
I wish I could remember what I said because.. pretty sure it was dumb but, I did manage to pull out the painting and have them sign.
They were so nice, and normal, and everything you hoped they'd be.
It's one of my most cherished paintings.
Anyway, I was listening to Len and Ron a couple days ago and heard Len say that Pat's first game would be Wednesday night.
Hopefully I didn't miss something and got this right, but no matter what I'm gonna have a radio on at 8:05 (Chi time) for the Cubs vs Reds game so I can hear Pat say those magic words.
"Chicago Cubs baseball is on the air."
That's like official Summer stuff.
Maybe time for flip flops.