« Mr. Cub’s Autograph | Main | The Case of the Curse of The Cramps »

A Timeless Trance

By Tammy Lechner2021897-1530429-thumbnail.jpg
Wrigley in Snow by Tammy Lechner

  • Excerpted from Our Team—Our Dream: A Cubs Fan’s Journey Into Baseball’s Greatest Romance

It was a moment to stay in… to always remember. Tens of thousands of empty seats surrounded the perfect symmetry of a white diamond with waves of olive green. Snow had fallen on Wrigley Field just days earlier, purging the trials and tribulations of the past baseball season with a magical serenity. “I am waiting…” it seemed to say, “waiting with you… waiting for you.”

My desire to throw arms wide open and return the embrace of this ethereal message was interrupted by the reality of my circumstance. I became intensely aware of my privilege to be in this space where millions have come and gone, laughed and cried, and inevitably, at the end of each hopeful season, pressed their undaunted hearts out like banners proclaiming, “Wait Until Next Year.”

I was enchanted… caught in a timeless trance where the present was also the past and the future, I realized that as Wrigley Field has patiently weathered nearly 100 winters, very few people get to see it dressed in white.

This made me wonder if perhaps Wrigley Field is taken for granted by those who see it often, particularly every day. At the time, I couldn’t imagine such a fate. Yet, as the journey I began on this day would continue over the next fifteen seasons, I came to better understand the Cubs fan’s philosophy toward life… too much of a good thing isn’t always good… be careful of what you wish for… and of course, “Wait Until Next Year.”

Beneath these pearls of wisdom, however, there lay a mystery. How is it that, season after season, such unrequited love remains undiminished? With this question in mind I searched the quiet solitude of Wrigley Field for an answer. Looking back at me, it seemed to whisper a reply, “I know.”

Herein lies the secret, I thought, as if gazing upon Mecca at the end of a long pilgrimage. Yet, rather than being a destination, this place would prove to be the destiny. And I would return to it many times while following Cub fans along their path of eternal hope. Like a dream, this was a journey that would develop in its own time, and reveal secrets to me in its own way. I had no clear idea where it would lead me… or when it would release me. It would become, in fact, a piece of a baseball odyssey that I joined when I became a Cubs fan nearly thirty years earlier, but that existed long before me and continues on through one century and now into another. It would consist of many journeys, begun in many places, telling many stories like my own.

I was 11-years-old in 1969 when the Chicago Cubs entered my life. Late summer’s lazy haze was uplifted that year by a growing excitement in my small town in Upstate New York as the “Amazing Mets” were about to overcome the first-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Eastern. Division.

Though the Mets had the momentum of the season on their side, I decided to be contrary and root for the Cubs. That turned out to be a day when a baseball romance would come to me and change my life forever. Yet, at the time I didn’t realize how many “next years” awaited me. I also didn’t know that I would travel thousands of miles one day to see Wrigley Field covered with snow, sit with the Bleacher Bums, party in Wrigleyville, ride the trains through Chicago, take in Cubs Conventions and spring trainings, get to know Cubs players and coaches, and photograph more than 100 Chicago Cubs games at Wrigley Field and elsewhere.

But, here I was, with the field temperature a crisp 35 degrees, frozen in a private moment of regard with the Friendly Confines and contemplating the coming baseball season. With these thoughts of summer I felt a warm breeze pass over me, laced with the aroma of cold beer and smoky links. I saw the white diamond turn emerald green as the empty seats burst into a kaleidoscope of color. I heard Cubs fans singing along with Harry, whose booming voice rose above the roar of the crowd to declare, “CUBS WIN!!!”

These were things I knew would happen, sure as the sun would rise and set. Beyond this, I could only wait for what this New Year might bring. After all, they say that one of the charming things about baseball is the fact that you just never know.

Guest Loser Tammy Lechner is a noted visual chronicler of the lifestyle and culture of baseball. She has covered professional sports as a staff member of the [Louisville] Courier-Journal and the Los Angeles Times, as well as for the Associated Press, USA Today and Baseball Digest. She is the author of IN THE CAL: Pastime Goes Primetime In California’s Minor League and Our Team—Our Dream: A Cubs Fan’s Journey Into Baseball’s Greatest Romance. Lechner, a lifelong Cubs fan who resides in Laguna Beach, California, will appear at El Jardin’s May 7 to as part of the next Lovable Losers Literary Revue.

Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 06:21PM by Registered CommenterLovable Losers Literary Revue in , | Comments12 Comments | References1 Reference

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (1)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.

Reader Comments (12)

UGG Cardy Boot online for

hot sale. UGGS Outlet All

are 100% quality with original packing.Clearance UGGs On Sale now, save even

55% discount off.Free shipping throughout the world. ugg boots outlet store one

week to your door.

October 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUGGS Outlet

传奇世界私服
传世私服
传奇私服
传奇私服发布网
传奇世界私服
传世私服
传奇私服
传奇私服发布网
传奇私服
新开传奇私服
传奇私服发布网
传奇私服
新开传奇私服
传奇sf
传奇私服
新开传奇私服
传奇私服
变态传奇私服
Cheap NFL Jerseys
football jersey 2011
China jerseys
cheap authentic jerseys
nfl jerseys cheap
NFL Jerseys

NHL Jerseys
Cheap NHL Jerseys
NHL Hockey Jerseys
Hockey Jerseys
Cheap Hockey Jerseys
MLB Jerseys
Baseball Jerseys
Cheap MLB Jerseys
NBA Jerseys
Basketball Jerseys
Cheap NBA Jerseys
Women MLB Jerseys
KIDs MLB Jerseys
2009 MLB all star
2010 MLB all star
Anaheim Angels Jerseys
Atlanta Braves Jerseys
Arizona Diamondbacks Jerseys
Baltimore Orioles Jerseys
Boston Red Sox Jerseys
St.Louis Browns Jerseys
Chicago Cubs Jerseys
Chicago White Sox Jerseys
Cincinnati Reds Jerseys
Cleveland Indians Jerseys
Colorado Rockies Jerseys
Detroit Tigers Jerseys
Florida Marlins Jerseys
Houston Astros Jerseys
Kansas City Royals Jerseys
Houston Colts Jerseys
Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys
Milwaukee Brewers Jerseys
Minnesota Twins Jerseys
Montreal Expos Jerseys
New York Mets Jerseys
New York Yankees Jerseys
Oakland Athletics Jerseys
Philadelphia Phillies Jerseys
Pittsburgh Pirates Jerseys
San Diego Padres Jerseys
San Francisco Giants Jerseys
Seattle Pilots Jerseys
Seattle Mariners Jerseys
St.Louis Cardinals Jerseys
Tampa Bay Rays Jerseys
Texas Rangers Jerseys
Toronto Blue Jays Jerseys
Washington Nationals Jerseys


Women NBA Jerseys
Youth NBA Jerseys
2011 NBA Champion
2011 NBA Finals
2011 NBA All Star
2010 NBA Finals Jerseys
2010 NBA Champion
2010 NBA All Star
2009 NBA All Star
Atlanta Hawks Jerseys
Boston Celtics Jerseys
Chicago Bulls Jerseys
Cleveland Cavaliers Jerseys
Dallas Mavericks Jerseys
Denver Nuggets Jerseys
Detroit Pistons Jerseys
Golden State Warriors Jerseys
Houston Rockets Jerseys
Indiana Pacers Jerseys
Los Angeles Clippers Jerseys
Los Angeles Lakers Jerseys
Memphis Grizzlies Jersey
Miami Heat Jerseys
Minnesota Timberwolves Jerseys
New Jersey Nets Jerseys
New Orleans Hornets Jerseys
New York Knicks Jerseys
Oklahoma City Thunder Jerseys
Orlando Magic Jerseys
Portland Trail Blazers
Phoenix Suns Jerseys
Philadelphia 76ers Jerseys
Sacramento Kings Jerseys
San Antonio Spurs Jerseys
Toronto Raptors Jerseys
Utah Jazz Jerseys
Washington Wizards Jerseys


Women NFL Jerseys
NCAA Jerseys
Kids NFL Jerseys
2011 Pro Bowl Jerseys
2011 Super Bowl Jerseys
2010 Real Tree Collection
2010 Pro Bowl Jerseys
Arizona Cardinals Jerseys
Atlanta Falcons Jerseys
Baltimore Ravens Jerseys
Buffalo Bills Jerseys
Carolina Panthers Jerseys
Chicago Bears Jerseys
Cincinnati Bengals Jerseys
Cleveland Browns Jerseys
Dallas Cowboys Jerseys
Denver Broncos Jerseys
Detroit Lions Jerseys
Green Bay Packers Jerseys
Houston Texans Jerseys
Houston Oilers Jerseys
Indianapolis Colts Jerseys
Jacksonville Jaguars Jerseys
Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys
Miami Dolphins Jerseys
Minnesota Vikings Jerseys
New England Patriots Jerseys
New Orleans Saints Jerseys
New York Giants Jerseys
New York Jets Jerseys
Oakland Raiders Jerseys
Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys
Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys
San Diego Chargers Jerseys
San Francisco 49ers Jerseys
Seattle Seahawks Jerseys
St Louis Rams Jerseys
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys
Tennessee Titans Jerseys
Washington Redskins Jerseys


Kids NHL Jerseys
Anaheim Ducks Jerseys
Boston Bruins Jerseys
Buffalo Sabres Jerseys
Calgary Flames Jerseys
Carolina Hurricanes Jerseys
Chicago Blackhawks Jerseys
Colorado Avalanche Jerseys
Dalls Stars Jerseys
Detroit Red Wings Jerseys
Edmonton Oilers Jerseys
Hartford Whalers Jerseys
Los Angeles Kings Jerseys
Minnesota Wild Jerseys
Montreal Canadiens Jerseys
Nashville Predators Jerseys
New York Islanders Jerseys
New Jersey Devils Jerseys
NY Rangers Jerseys
Ottawa Senators Jerseys
Philadelphia Flyers Jerseys
Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys
Quebec Nordiques Jerseys
San Jose Sharks Jerseys
St.Louis Blues Jerseys
White Sox Jerseys
Tampa Bay Lightning Jerseys
Toronto Maple Leafs Jerseys
Vancouver Canucks Jerseys
Washington Capitals Jerseys
Winnipeg Jets Jerseys
TEAM USA Hockey
TEAM Canada Hockey

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter传奇私服

Der Winter ist immer in der Nähe moncler jacken online unwissentlich, das ist unser meist gehasste Saison. moncler onlineTage der heulende Wind kann nicht tragen moncler online shop dünne Kleidung, es sei denn, Sie Superkräfte genug, um der Kälte zu moncler schweizwiderstehen. Dann gibt es die Wahl dieser Sterne moncler jacken sind die meisten gehorsam moncler jackenDaunenjacke warmen warm zu halten oder? Manche Sterne moncler shop völlig resistent gegen den kalten Nordwind pfiff in den nächsten moncler onlineTagen weiterhin dünne Kleidung aus und Bo Popularität zu tragen, moncler jacke und manche Sterne können die meisten gehorsam warme Daunenjacke wählen warm zu halten. Kurze Daunenjacke ordentlich und stilvoll. In einem solchen kalten Winter wird die Wärme der wichtigste, aber eine einfache Atmosphäre der langemoncler online shop Daunenjacke werden Sie in der Menge lassen hat eine bemerkenswerte Temperament. Warmer Wind in den langen Stil, kann auch ein Mode-Wahl.
How these Australian Vane Shoesiciness sheepskin came about is absorbed in the mists of time. Vans shoes sale What is known is that your trusty gray denim jeans, vans shoes cheap and that they’ve been damaged by those in the trend accessory that you will, vans shoes onlinethey’re the know down under. David Malan is an Aussie mode vans shoes store trend that > would be perpetually durable.. Aussie souvenir gifts, coldness sheepskin SHOES

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermoncler jacken online

Cheap Bags

or apparently a appearance acquainted adult so abiding as you accept assuredly one . Cheap Bags of these Gucci items au. knockoff bags ral your acplished . <a

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheap Bags

<P> More overall revenue will aaron rodgers jersey youth allow the Troy Polamalu Authentic Jersey Black Marlins to make Carson Palmer Authentic Jersey Black more moves Aaron Rodgers Jersey in the free agent market Aaron Rodgers Jersey Packers and Charles Woodson Authentic Jersey not have to Chris Johnson authentic jersey white spend so much energy in BenJarvus Green-Ellis Authentic Jersey Patriots developing and relying Charles Woodson Authentic Jersey Blue/Whit on their minor Albert Haynesworth authentic jersey Patriots league talent Coach Shula Brian Urlacher Jersey Authentic led the Dolphins Troy Polamalu Authentic Jersey White for Authentic LaMarr Woodley Jersey twenty-six NFL seasons in the Brian Urlacher Authentic Jersey black course of which Chris Cooley authentic jersey black the Chad Ochocinco authentic jersey Patriots Dolphins Charles Woodson Jersey only posted two losing seasons Another Authentic Mike Wallace Jersey crowds' favorite is Anquan Boldin Authentic Jersey Black Brandon clay matthews jersey youth Marshall To aaron rodgers authentic jersey compromise, Cameron Jordan authentic jersey saints cheap jerseys Ben Roethlisberger Jersey Outlet of duplicated Aaron Smith Authentic Jersey Black style in are availed of instead C.J. Spiller Jersey The popularity Authentic Troy Polamalu Jersey of sport has produced many nfl jerseys china teams both in the high schools and colleges Authentic James Harrison Jersey as well Clay Matthews packers Jersey as Authentic Ben Roethlisberger Jersey private Authentic Rashard Mendenhall Jersey teams Clay Matthews Authentic Jersey Black as cheap jerseys wellIf that you are resourceful, Chris Ivory authentic jersey white you Aaron Rodgers Authentic Jersey Green possibly can discover a wristwatch with Aaron Smith Jersey Outlet distinctive layout and characteristics in an inexpensive price C.J. Spiller Authentic Jersey Blue depending Authentic Aaron Smith Jersey on your Clay Matthews Premier Jersey tastes Ben Roethlisberger authentic jersey white The movie Arian Foster Authentic Jersey white is a great Asante Samuel authentic jersey Eagles opportunity to Authentic Ziggy Hood Jersey see Brandon Marshall Authentic Jersey white Courteney Authentic Hines Ward Jersey Cox prior to Clay Matthews authentic Jersey his Andre Johnson Authentic Jersey white huge success Chris Ivory Jersey on Authentic Heath Miller Jersey the TV show Friends</P>
<P> </P>

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternfljerseysuk

A long Doudoune north face time north face femme ago doudoune canada goose there was doudoune moncler femme a huge doudoune moncler homme apple tree doudoune armani. A little boy loved doudoune AF to come and play around it every day .

He moncler climbed to moncler prezzi the tree giubbotti moncler top, ate the giubbotti moncler donna apples, took moncler cappotto a nap under the shadow… He loved moncler uomo cappotto the tree and the tree loved to play with him.
Time went karen millen outlet by…The little boy karen millen dresses had grown up karen millen coats and he no longer max mara dresses played max mara coat around the burberry coat tree.
One day, the boy Canada Goose came Doudoune Canada Goose back to the tree Canada Goose Pas cher and looked Dououne Moncler Femme sad. “Come and play with me Doudoune Moncler Homme Pas Cher ,” the tree asked the boy.
I am karen millen outlet no longer karen millen dresses sale a kid, I don’t play karen millen dresses around trees anymore.” The boy replied karen millen coats , “I want karen millen online toys. I need money to buy them.”
Sorry, Bottes Ugg Pas Cher but I don’t ugg Bottes femme have money Ugg Femme Pas Cher …but you can pick ugg classic all my apples and sell them chaussures ugg pas cher . So, you will have money karen millen .” The boy was Karen Millen Dress so excited. He picked all Karen Millen UK the apples on the tree and left happily. The boy didn’t come back after Karen Millen Coat he picked the apples. The tree was sad.

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiffany outlet

UGG Boots Clearance History is absolutely UGG snow boots outlet is an important issue, Ms. pick. UGG Outlet Store When you do not know what it means shoes, how can you have the right to take its high-performance features? Consider the existing snow boots, 1970. UGGs Clearance Boots up to become popular when surfer in Australia aware of these boots on their feet as quickly warming vital goal. 1 is a two-faced sheepskin and around the other side wool wool layer of skin. UGG Boots Outlet This keeps the temperature in the sheep's nature, as the results of the most viable warm boots. Recognizing this, recognition of these boots global growth. UGGs Outlet Wear Cardy bootsWhy the UGG Cardy UGG boots outlet store is the main problem is that so popular a good makeup. UGG Australia footwear manufacturers have expanded their footwear line consisting of Cardy, crochet heathered merino wool boot. UGG Store Cardy boots, with three wooden buttons, display the company logo, sales similar to a customer's favorite sweater and comfortable shoes. Cardy boot provides a different season, seems to amount.UGG Bailey Button Boots At lower temperatures, the Cardy boots are used on the skirt and leggings. Away from tweed, wool and other heavy-duty winter boots has "crocheted fabrics in appearance and texture of the products of the skirt. UGG Classic Argyle Knit on the contrary, the establishment of visual contrast, pick out a variety of textures skirt, for example, cotton or denim. Balance of a large skirt and a chunky Cardy boots with lead, heavy search.UGG Classic Cardy Boots Cardy boots and jeans on a few women - the other looks for cold weather. Pick out the right shoe can be divided into possession of material raised above the boot tights. UGG Classic Crochet Boots In contrasting colors to wear with jeans or trousers, boots, add a little cool this search. For example, a pair of cream-colored Cardys and black pants, or wear a white cowboy boots gray. Another appearance by Cardy boots and sweater dress or tunic Premier shin. UGG Classic Mini Boots A medium-length coat or pea coat to wear below, this combination of operations, particularly effective. You can wear it with jewelry or add a footman threw the first, or may be a beret, casual touch.UGG Classic Short Boots It noted that, UGG Cardy UGG boots online outlet women of all ages. UGG Classic Tall Boots Not long ago, we organized the investigation in the streets and found that it really is TURE. UGG Delaine Boots From satistics, we found that UGG Cardy boots favorite UGG Classic Cardy / oatmeal, Knight UGG, UGG high-rise. There is no doubt that they may be the best. UGG Kenly Boots Trend is not noly its appearance, but in addition to some of the secrets Cardy UGG boots.
UGG Lo Pro
UGG Nightfall Boots
UGG Roslynn Boots
UGG Sundance II Boots
UGG Ultra Short Boots
UGG Blog

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUGG Store

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I really feel strongly about it and really like knowing far more on this topic.NHL jerseys

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNHL jerseys

Juicy Couture Outlet
Togive my credit card a breather I next headed to SeaWorldand felt as excited as a Juicy Couture Outlet 12-year-old as I threw fish to noisy seals, cuddled fluffy baby penguins, stroked boisterous dolphins and watched killer whales soak grinning children by flipping themselves into the air.Ialso made a pilgrimage to Magic KingdomIt's a must-do destination for big and small kids alike, especially the parades of characters and dancers. Then it was off to Epcot a short ride on the monorail.The World Showcase has 11 country zones, centred around a lagoon. Where in the world could I eat? In the end we opted for Mexico, eating nachos and drinking tequila while watching Juicy Couture Tracksuit a breathtaking firework display.It was wonderful and relaxing Juicy Couture Outlet distraction... but I couldn't wait to get back to my shopping quest.If Carrie had designed a theme park, it would have looked just like Vineland Avenue. Between Walt Disney World and SeaWorld, it has more than 150 high-end designer outlets such as Fendi, Burberry, Marni and Roberto Cavalli. In Burberry, I spied a black patent leather handbag down from pricey but a whopping saving.In Fendi they had slashed 60 per cent off prices on their 2011 spring and summer wear. All wallets and jewellery had 50 per cent off while handbags had 30 per cent off plus a further 10 per cent if you used you VIP discount coupon.

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuicy Couture Outlet

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>