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Fan Friday!- Q&A With a Cubs Fan

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Welcome to the first installment of Fan Friday! Below you will find an interview with my husband, Benjamin Gordon, about the upcoming baseball season. All of his responses are unedited (which you can tell by his response to number 7!) Enjoy!


1.) What are you looking forward to most about baseball season?

Everything. Sun soaked days in the stands at Wrigley Field with family and friends, Pat Hughes calling Cubs games on the radio, fantasy baseball, Kane County Cougars games. There are so many good things it’s hard to narrow it down.

2.) Which players do you plan to keep an eye out for in the minors this season?

I keep an eye on all the prospects but my attention is most focused on the Cubs big four of Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Albert Almora, & Jorge Soler. Baez and Bryant should make it to Wrigley this summer, so that will be exciting to watch.

3.) Do you think the Cubs will break even this year?

No. ZiPS projects the Cubs to win 71 games, which seems about right.

4.) What do you think about all of the Wrigley Field renovation plans from the Cubs?

They’re great, but work needs to get under way. Currently, Cubs players are at a disadvantage with their cramped clubhouses and lack of batting cages, so getting them a proper clubhouse, batting cages, and other modern training spaces is of the utmost importance in making sure the Cubs are on an even playing field with the rest of MLB.

5.) What is something you would change about Wrigley Field if you could? What would you do differently with the Cubs?

To me, Wrigley is just about perfect. The renovations will make it more comfortable for fans, but if I could change something it would probably be to stop playing “Go Cubs Go”. As far as the team goes, I am a believer in the direction that Theo, Jed, and the Ricketts have the Cubs pointed in. It has required patience but the rewards will start coming soon.

6.) Do you like Clark the Cub? How would you improve the mascot?

If the kids enjoy it then it’s a good thing. I’m not the target demographic.

7.) Who is your favorite White Sox fan? (There is a correct response to this question ;))

I try to forget she is a White Sox fan, but, I suppose it would be my wife.

8.) How many games do you plan to attend in 2014? Have you bought any tickets yet?

I like to get to around five Cubs games. I plan to catch several Kane County Cougars (Cubs class A minor league affiliate) games as well.

9.) How excited are you about Giordano’s at Wrigley this year? 🙂

This was terrible news from Clark & Addison this winter. However, if you’re eating pizza at a ballgame you’re doing it wrong anyway. Grab a Vienna beef hot dog (no ketchup) and enjoy the game.

10.) Which Cubs uni is your favorite? Home, away, alternate? Why?

My favorite is the home set, and the reason is simple. It’s classic. Nothing goes better with the ivy covered walls and manually operated scoreboard than a simple white uniform with blue pinstripes. However, I am also excited about the nine throwbacks the Cubs will be wearing this year in commemoration of Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary.

11.) So it is Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary this year. That should be interesting. Which promo are you most excited about?

The Cubs Viewmaster should be interesting. Several of the bobbleheads sound cool as well, such as the Kerry Wood 20 strikeout bobblehead, the Babe Ruth “called shot” bobblehead, and the Gale Sayers bobblehead.

Anything else you would like to add?

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Faith

Why Should I Complain?

Why should I complain?
Did Christ die in vain?

So it’s a little cold, and I’ve been told
This winter is getting old.

I don’t have a ton of wealth,
But I have been blessed with good health.

Things I need may cost a lot,
But God has provided more than I ever thought.

Though I may often feel stressed,
I know there are those waiting to be blessed.

Christ did not die in vain.
So, why should I complain?

Christians CAN, and do, often complain. But should they?

I’ll be the first to admit, I complain. A lot. I complain more than I should. And my husband would probably tell you I whine too. That doesn’t mean I should. I’ll admit, when my first reflex is to complain, I’m wrong.

I have so much to be thankful for!

I can’t count how many times I have heard the following since before winter even began:

“Ugh. Why is it so cold?!”
“I hate this snow. I’m so sick of it.”
“When will this winter end?!”
“I can’t wait until the Lord will move me south!”

Ok. It IS cold. We’ve had temperatures double digits below zero (before windchill) this year. We HAVE received a significant amount of snow this winter. I really dislike the cold, and I don’t particularly like driving in the snow either.

But who am I to complain?

God made our seasons. God controls the weather. God gives us snow. Complaining about any of these inconveniences doesn’t change God’s mind. If He intends to send us a polar vortex, my complaining isn’t going to thaw anything.

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When you complain, what are you trying to accomplish? Does complaining build someone up? Does it change anything? Ephesians says that speech should build up, not tear down. Complaining cultivates a negative attitude for the complainer, and all who hear.

Let’s watch our testimonies. When a lost person hears a Christian complaining, why would they want to seek Christ? We need to be set apart, even in our attitude!

Sometimes I need to vent. But when it becomes a habit, I need to stop and pray.

Christ didn’t die in vain, so why should I complain?

Faith

Date Night: Valentine’s Day

I had a great Valentine’s Day this year! My husband put together quite the little “getaway.”

After work on Friday we took the “L” into the city. From there we walked to Swissotel Chicago, where we checked in for the night. Once in our room we both got changed and ready to head to the Cadillac Palace Theatre to see The Phantom of the Opera performed. Everything about the show was fantastic! The set was VERY impressive, the singing was on-key, and the acting was great. I recommend it to anyone in the Chicago area right now. It ends March 2!

After the show we walked to Harry Caray’s for dinner. Hubby had planned dinner before the show, but due to circumstances beyond our control, we didn’t have any time to eat before the show started. All I really need to say about this is that the chicken vesuvio was AMAZING. What more do you need to know? 😉

After dinner we headed back to the hotel for the night. We both got the best night’s sleep either of us had gotten in a long time. We woke up refreshed and ready to head to brunch.

We ate at D4. It was very cozy and the food was good. Any guesses what I ordered? (Hint: I LOVE omelets!)

Next we walked over to Michigan Avenue to do some shopping. We found some great deals! We intended on going to the Auto Show, but we just had so much fun spending time together on the Mag Mile that we ran out of time.

I’m so thankful that I am able to spend time with such a wonderful guy, and call him my husband! He put the whole weekend together by himself, and even though it was cold, and not everything went according to plan, we both had a wonderful time together! With everything that has been going on in our house, sometimes it’s nice to just “get away.” 🙂

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