Daily Archives: June 30, 2009

Minor League Goodness

Cubs minor leagues

Here are a few of the cards from my original collection I had as a kid.  I went to a lot of minor league ball when I was younger.  My Grandpa’s younger brother was the GM for the Beloit Brewers and later the Clinton Giants.  It was great.  I had field access for batting practice and even got to sub for the bat boy from time to time.  In the late ’80’s these cards were worth a shit ton in trade value.  I held onto most of the Cub’s cards but traded many of the other cards I had from the other teams.  I know I still have a ton of minor league cards from the late ’80’s in the storage shed that I can’t get to.  I also heard there might be a rat infestation in the shed.  Thankfully I was smart enough to keep the better ones with me at all times.  I still wonder what I actually have buried in that shed.  Hopefully some day I will find out.

I haven’t been to a minor league game in years.  We were planning a little family outing into Chicago in August and maybe a stay overnight.  I’m hoping to be able to go to “The Road to Wrigley’.  This year the AAA Iowa team will be playing Toronto’s AAA team, the Las Vegas 51’s at Wrigley on Aug. 9.  It will be a good chance to take the family to Wrigley with out all the craziness.  I’m also hoping to get a few autos and some good pictures too.  The best part is after the game the kids get to run the bases.  I’m going to try like hell to escort one of my kids around the bases and totally plan on sliding into home Charlie Hustle style.  Look forward to the pics.

I also just found out I get to go to Friday’s game against the Brewers.  The way the Cub’s have been playing and just the overall feel the fan’s have right now, it could get a little ugly this weekend.  I hope they can put together a little streak going into the weekend because it’s not a lot of fun being a Cub’s fan right now.  Our catcher is stoned, our ace can’t even hit the mitt on a pitch out, our overpaid left fielder got sent to his room without dinner, the guy he replaced just ended up with our league leading arch rivals, Soriano’s in left, they can’t score runs but all we hear about is Hendry trying to secure more pitching, and our manager looks like he’d rather be watching Matlock.

Oh well, Go Cubs!

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