Last Thanksgiving we went out to visit my parents and I hadn't seen my dad since the Cubs played the Dodgers in the NLCS.
And right up in the first hug hello was all the emotion we didn't get to be in the same room for when the Cubs won it all.
And he said the only thing he wanted for Christmas was paintings like the ones I'd done of Russell, Bryant and Rizzo.
Now, their house isn't small but it's also not huge with tons of wall space, so I decided to do them all on one painting.
Took me awhile, but it turned out kinda cool.
(Dad or Liane if you read this you still have to act kind of surprised.)
I got to go to the Home Opener and after the rain had fallen
and the temperature dropped,
and I had a hot dog (oh the joy!)
they finally did the banner-raising ceremony.
It was extra cool because they did it just like Joe said to the team... take it in.
Soak it up, this doesn't happen very often.
They sauntered across the field,
then behind that doorway there were a couple guys waiting to raise the banners: Ryno, Fergie, Billy Williams, and then the current guys led by Anthony Rizzo.
I was a guest of some friends at Optimus, and it was easy to hide tears in that freaking freezing wind - nobody saw.
Then, they walked back across the field led by Rizzo carrying the World Series Trophy (the Commissioner's Trophy), and handed it off to Tom Ricketts.
Take that in...
Then baseball happened, and my last photo of the night was Kris Bryant hitting a double and knocking in Kyle Schwarber.
Not gonna beat that one - I just happened to pick up the camera right at the right moment.
I forgot one:
Anyway, Cubs 3 Dodgers 2.
The boys are back in town, and man is it ever a party.
Which continues tonight with the ring ceremony (I'd HATE to be on the Dodgers).
And one guy I'm not sure I ever gave enough credit to, but surely he'll be getting a ring special delivered... Aroldis Chapman.
You can be angry about the stuff he said on his way to NY, but they aren't having this ceremony tonight without his contributions.