One of my favorite new features of 2009 on Prose and Ivy is “Prosecard from Cubs Nation”. I started doing it late in the season and I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing three die-hard Cubs fans so far and am always interested to hear from more of you Cubs fans interested in being interviewed for the site. Basically I send you fun questions about the Cubs and you get to tell the world where you’re coming from in Cubs Nation and lay it out the way you see it, from your point of view!
Name: Chad Tinsley Tudor
I grew up watching the Cubs with my dad in Indianapolis because that was the team he watched. My first memories of the team were when I was seven years old, the 1990 Chicago Cubs. I love everything the team stands for, the history, Wrigley Field, the players, Harry Caray, the Wrigleyville area, the logo, our colors. To me the Cubs = baseball.
Favorite Cubs memory:
So many… Sammy Sosa’s homerun chase in 1998. The 2003 team and the ride they took us on. The 2007 team was so fun to watch (minus the playoffs of course) Watching Ryne Sandberg, Grace, Dunston, Maddux, and The Hawk with Harry calling the games with Stone. The biggest of all would be attending my first game in 2001 at Wrigley. I sat eight rows behind home plate and my all time favorite Cubbie was sitting directly behind me. Ryne Sandberg. It was like a dream. I couldn’t talk for about three innings until he asked me to pass a message to a scout sitting in front of me. He was the nicest guy, and probably the craziest thing to ever happen to me. He signed a ball for me; it’s something I’ll never forget.
Favorite current Cub:
Carlos Zambrano, Derrek Lee & Aramis Ramirez
All-time Favorite Cub:
Your dream starting Chicago Cub line up for 2010 would be?
BJ Upton, Hanley Ramirez, Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Geo Soto, Alfonso Soriano, Chase Utley, Kosuke Fukudome, Carlos Zambrano
That’s a far, far, far, fetched dream. I know.
How would you celebrate a Cubs championship?
Cry like a baby. Hopefully I’ll be at The Cubby Bear Bar partying all night.
Most feared opposing batter?
Albert Pujols & Adam Dunn
Most feared opposing pitcher?
Carpenter, Wainwright, Lincecum
You can either sing “Take me out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch or call a half inning on WGN. Which would you rather do and why?
I’d want to sing “Take me out to the Ballgame.” I don’t know what Cubs fan wouldn’t. Lots of pressure though (i.e. Jeff Gordon)
One thing you would change about Wrigley Field?
Nothing. I love everything about it, including the bathrooms nobody seems to like.
One thing you would change about the game of baseball?
Earlier start times for the playoffs. Lots of kids are not being able to stay up and watch these games.
You are the Cubs’ dugout Gatorade cooler. You are able to hand out one restraining order against the Cub of your choice. Which Cub do you choose and why?
Obviously Carlos Zambrano would be my pick with his anger management history.
The NBA logo is said to be based on Jerry West. What Chicago Cub silhouette do you think the team would base a similar logo for the team on to represent the franchise? (Aside from Mr. Cub that is).
I feel like the Harry Caray logo above the pressbox is a good one already even though it’s not much of a silhouette. Maybe a silhouette of a Derrek Lee follow through swing.
You’re having dinner in the Cubs clubhouse and can invite any four Cubs, living or dead. Who would you invite and why?
Ryne Sandberg because he’s my all-time favorite. Mark Grace because I heard he was a great guy to sit and have a beer with. Carlos Zambrano because I like his personality, he seems like he would be real fun to hang out with.
Last I would pick Ron Santo just to hear the stories he has, I always like listening to him on the radio, even when he’s yelling like a mad man.
Do you believe the Cubs are cursed? Yes or no and why?
No. It’s just the way the cookie crumbles. The Red Sox broke their “curse.” It’s not easy to win the whole thing, that’s why it’s so special when teams especially your team does.
More vital to the Cubs’ success…Getting Soriano back on track? Getting Soto back on track? Trading Bradley? Landing a new leadoff man?
More vital is Soriano and Soto back on track, that’s why I kept them on my dream 2010 Cubs roster. Soriano can carry the team for weeks when he gets going and we all know how great Soto was his full rookie year.
In your opinion, who’s crazier? Carlos Zambrano or The Real Housewives of Atlanta?
I’ve seen commercials of those housewives and they seem pretty crazy, but based off Carlos’ meltdown in 09, throwing the ball out to the bleachers and assaulting the Gatorade machine… I’m going with El Toro.
The Cubs have just won the World Series and you have been given the
assignment of writing the lead story, covering this moment in baseball history. Come up with 5 of the most creative headlines you can to kick off your article:
“CUBS WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!”
“THE CUBS DID IT!!”
“CUBS ARE THE CHAMPS!”
“WE CAN DIE IN PEACE!”
You have 30 seconds to convince Piniella to stay on past 2010, OR to convince Hendry to make Sandberg the manager come 2011. They will listen to you if your argument is convincing enough. Which one can you make a stronger argument for?
That’s up to Jim… If Lou still has the fire in his belly I’d welcome him back. Ryno is a Hall of Famer taking bus trips with young ball players all over the country. He is paying his dues and doing an excellent job developing the young talent while winning. I’d love to have either; I think it’s a win-win situation for Cubs fans to be in.
You are the hopeful new owner of the Chicago Cubs. The last thing standing in the way of the deal getting done is you must decide one thing to change at Wrigley Field. Have to. Would you either take away the ivy on the wall, update the scoreboard to an giant HD screen, or change the outer marquee? And…why?
I just couldn’t do it. If I had to like you said, I would somehow attach an HD screen to the old scoreboard. Honestly though… I just couldn’t change this landmark.
Hypothetically speaking, four Cubs players have career years in 2010. Which four Cubs players do you think have the most potential to do so next year?
Carlos Zambrano bounces back. I think Kosuke Fukudome has a great year at the plate. Aramis Ramirez is going to have a strong, healthy season. I really think the breakout guy is going to be Carlos Marmol, he’s ready to step up and be the leader in the bullpen.
You’re hired to run the Cubs 2010 public relations campaign. You can use any slogan, player, etc that you want to. What is your advertising campaign/slogan for the 2010 season?