January 4th, 2005

Ryne Sandberg: Hall of Famer

One of my favorite baseball players, Cubby Ryne Sandberg got elected into the Hall of Fame today.  I am super stoke to hear this.

Like many other young dude in the 80’s, he was my favorite Cubby and player for many years.  Quiet and unassuming.  He never boasted or gestured loudly like many of today’s players.  He just played hard and well.

Congrats to Ryno!

(Note: just got back from the gym and on Sportscenter they were talking about Ryno and Hoggs, I mean Boggs…they said Sandberg did not get into the Hall on the 1st ballot cuz he was so humble, gentle and quiet.  Peter Gammons said when Sndberg retired he was a for sure 1st ballot HOF’er)

8 Responses to “Ryne Sandberg: Hall of Famer”

  1. Freesia says:

    Way to go Ryno! Such a classy guy – he totally deserves to be in the Hall.

  2. Mary says:

    Great to know that humble, gentle, quiet and unassuming are still valued publicly.

    Great qualities to have and the best role model for our youth.

  3. Tom S says:

    One of my baseball hereos as a child too – thanks to WGN Chicago, which seemed to broadcast every Cubs game in the midwest. Now they just need to get Andre Dawson in there!

  4. Brian says:

    Good to hear that he’s getting in. He’s a wonderful person. I got the chance to meet him here in Phoenix several years ago when I was helping to umpire and coach for his son Justin’s little league team. After one game, he walked up, shook my hand, and told me I did a good job umpiring and thank you for my help. I was only 15 or 16 at the time and was in such awe that I had a hard time getting any words out.

  5. Sean says:

    Wow Brian…The closet I ever got to him was in 6th grade. I used to take the “el” to Wrigley to scalp tickets. After the game I waited and watched him drive out of the players parking lot. I was looking at him in his car as he drove off – not more than 10 feet away. He kept his bat in the back seat.

  6. Brian says:

    Let me know when you guys are down in the Phoenix area and I’ll drive you by his house.

  7. Mary says:

    I can just “feel” the way you must have felt at that tender age, Brian. What a memory. I know you’ll hold it close forever.

  8. Scott Gorman says:

    My favorite Cub.
    Only met him once after a Dodger
    game in L.A.. Guess he was in a bad mood,(they lost). He did autograph his “Second to Home” for me. I felt
    sorry for him because during the game I spoke w/a woman who said she was a Cubs coach wife and her friend. She said Ryno was having a tough time going thru a divoce,a another player was seeing his wife and lead to the divorce..poor guy didn’t have a clue…..I always wanted to ask him why he NEVER swung at any first pitch. Ever. I defy you to find any footage of him taking a cut at a first pitch.It was just his style,but wanted to ask him about it.

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