I’m sometimes considered insensitive when older folks die.

“They’re old,” I say. “They die. That’s when people are supposed to die.”

But today, when Ron Santo passed away at the age of 70, I’m absolutely heartbroken.

You know the story of Santo – one of the best third baseman to play the game, one of the best men people were fortunate enough to know, and one of the most excitable broadcasters to the very end.

But his legacy was always defined more by what hadn’t happened than what had. Namely: he was the best player not in the Hall of Fame.

Now, in the next few years, the Veteran’s Committee will posthumously admit Santo to the place he has belonged for decades, and they’ll pat themselves on the back.

And I’ll still be heartbroken. Ron Santo wasn’t supposed to die before it happened. He was too young.

  • CubsFanatic

    I heard this on ESPN this morning and my jaw dropped and then my heart broke. I’m with you on the whole Veteran’s Committee finally let Santo be where he belongs and pat themselves on the back. I for one loved everything about Santo. The passion he showed in the booth was also amazing. RIP Santo. You’ll be very much missed.

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    It’s a sad day for Chicago. And Cub fans.

  • Curt

    I really hope tht the veterans committe are happy now they would never give a guy who wanted so much to besomewhere he already should have been and especially mike Schmidt who said he didn’t think santo didn’t deserve to be in so he didn’t bother sending his vote in and santo missed out by 5 votes. Mike Yr a colossal dousche bag and Yr right ace they will put him in now but they’ll receive no pat from me worthless committe

  • Jeff

    Terribly sad day, he played before I was born, but he is still one of my all time favorites because of his attitude and dedication to the Cubs. I will miss him on the radio cheering and jeering alongside the game, bias be damned. It’s a shame he didn’t get in the hall before he died and that he didn’t get to see the holy grail of the Cubs winning one. He’s going to be missed.

  • pfk (Peter F. Kempf)

    I just heard that Ron Santo passed away. I grew up watching him play ball for the Cubs since his rookie season and loved the guy. When we played as kids we used to impersonate Santo by bouncing a ball off our chest like we were blocking a hard hit smash the way he used to do. Ah, the memories of Wiffle Ball when we had to bat like whoever it was in the lineup we chose that day, batting like Santo and then being out by a mile trying to stretch a single into double. He pushed, he competed. HIs fan-like passion in the booth was great as were his mispronunciations and such – just like Harry.
    I cried when I heard the news today. I/we lost one of the greatest Cubs – and one I loved from his first appearance. God bless you Ronnie. May we meet again in the next life.


  • ed

    This is a hard one to take. Tough guy, hard worker, Ronnie was the real deal, and I loved hearing him say exactly what I felt. He should have been in the hall. He’s got the numbers, the intangibles and he’s the truest cubs fan I’ve ever heard.

  • marc

    I dont like reading alot of espn articles but here is great one on Santo


    “We’ll call it a draw”

    Rip Santo, If only half the players on our team had as much passion as you, oh how good we’d be.

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