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  • Yesterday, after many years too many, Ron Santo was finally inducted into the Hall of Fame. It was the very definition of bittersweet, but Santo’s family certainly didn’t treat it that way, showing genuine happiness and excitement on behalf of Ronnie. His widow, Vicki, gave an incredible address. Cubs fans came to Cooperstown to be a part of the celebration. Writers penned love letters for Santo. Other Cubs Hall of Famers took as much pride and joy in the day as Santo would have. And Cubs players clicked their heels in celebration as they took the field yesterday. It was a special day.
  • Dale Sveum summed up the Cubs’ abysmal series in St. Louis with a plain-faced look at the numbers: “To score one run, and they scored [23], it was tough because we were playing well. Guys were swinging the bats better and getting bigger hits. We had only two extra-base hits the whole series, let alone not getting any big hits when we had opportunities.”
  • The Cubs are expecting to know more about Matt Garza’s injury later today, and, so far, both Garza and Dale Sveum are optimistic that the pitcher will be able to make his next scheduled start on Friday (or maybe pushing it back a day to Saturday). You know the stakes: if Garza can’t make his start, the Cubs realistically lose the option of trading Garza altogether.
  • If Garza can’t start, or is traded (or if there’s another trade), Dale Sveum confirmed what we suspected – Justin Germano is next in line to get a shot in the rotation.
  • Garza on his superhero costume idea: “I had just taken my son to see the Avengers. I looked in the outfield and I thought, ‘Let’s do a super hero trip.’ We just ran with it from there. We were supposed to do it a while back but he wanted to give guys more time to get costumes …. It’s kind of to have guys let loose, have a little fun. It takes a little pressure off and adds a little embarrassment along the way. It gets you out of your own skin a little bit. When you are in a mask you can be whatever you want.” In case you missed it, you can see some of the costumes here. Garza dressed as Batman, and not in any kind of feline bedwear. Still, the idea, itself, was the cat’s pajamas.
  • The MLBullets at BCB look at, among other things, the 2013 Hall of Fame class. With Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens and more, it’s going to be a unique and difficult discussion.
  • cubzforlife

    Those three are Hall of Famer’s and are first ballot inductees. Probably won’t happen but just my opinion.

    • Jack Weiland

      At some point we’re just going to get over being butthurt about steroids, realize we cannot definitively say someone playing in that era did not use them, and allow all those guys in. Not saying this is the year, but it’ll happen eventually, and it probably should.

    • Danny B

      I’ll boycott the Hall if they put Sammy Sosa in the same place as the guys who actually deserved it. But these days, anyone can get in (see: Carlton Fisk)

      Single season home run record- Roger Maris
      HR King- Hank Aaron

      I’m sick of the steroid argument, so I’m not trying to start one here. But everyone knows who did it with talent, and who did it with a little help on the side.

      • Jack Weiland

        We “know” very little. We think we know very much.

  • Cubbie Blues

    Garza dressed as Batman, and not in any kind of feline bedwear.

    Let’s see, He was a bat, bat’s are flying rats, cats eat rats, cats wear pajamas. That is a lot less than 7 degrees of separation.

  • Cubs Dude

    That costume thing was pretty cool. Good work Garza, a lot better than the pie to face routine. I agree those 3 should be first ballot HOF’er, but none if them will get in anytime soon because of the bitter over thinking writers.

  • RoughRiider

    I’m so glad for Santo’s family. It’s a shame that it couldn’t have been while he was still with us.
    I went over the list of 297 in the HOF. I’ve been lucky enough to watch 11 of them play as Chicago Cubs. By far my favorite was Ronnie.

  • http://bleachernation.com lou brock lives

    I was fortunate enough to see Ron Santo during his playing days here in Chicago. What a true professional he was. Tough as nails as a hitter & defensively his only peer was Brooks Robinson.
    I got to know him playing in pickup basketball games in my high school gym during the winter when he & other Cub players would come in to hit in our indoor batting cage. After taking his swings Ron & Glenn Beckert would join us on the court to play some hoop.
    Yes, Ron was a ball hog & I rarely got to see the ball when I played on his team, but what a thrill for me & my buddies to have played in a game with a future HOF’r.
    I’ll always remember those after school nights my senior year of HS (1970) with great fondness.
    Congrats to Ron & his family for this well deserved honor.

    • Jim L.

      So Santo was a chucker…he seems the type. It really was bittersweet watching the ceremonies, great for Cub fans and the Santo family. After seeing interviews with the older HOFers who said they voted for him and couldn’t understand why he wasn’t in sooner, I would get really pissed at the bonehead writers who obviously had it in for Santo.

  • Beer Baron

    When the Cubs took the field and all clicked their heels in tribute to Santo, Soriano could barely get his feet together. He nearly tripped trying to hurdle over the foul line on his jump….it hurt me just to watch.

    • Jack Weiland

      Is there video of this somewhere? I didn’t get to see it but I would love to.

  • rbreeze

    I grew up watching Ron Santo and those Cubs teams from the 60’s and early 70’s. My cousin was a huge Santo fan while I favored Billy Williams. We would argue in the stands during a game as to which player was better. They were both great. My cousin passed away from colon cancer 8 years ago. Since my cousin passed and now that Ronnie was gone, the one thing I realize now is that Ronnie was the blood and guts of those teams. What a great honor for him and his family! What a great time for Cubs fans everywhere! And my cousin is smiling in heaven because Ron Santo is in the Hall of Fame.

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