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Paul M. Banks a.k.a. The Sports Bank, NBC Chicago Street Team

Being a fan of Chicago sports can sometimes be as character building as walking outside for long distances in January.

With Northwestern’s tournament bubble officially bursting last weekend, baseball getting ready to kick off, and the NHL playoffs commencing the week after, it’s a fine time to revisit the long-suffering dry spells that are Chicago’s very own.

Before reading on, please do remember this George Michael lyric from his Wham! days: “There’s no comfort in the truth, pain is all you’ll find.”

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The Sports Bank, NBC5 Street Team

Ryne Sandberg is an iconic figure for a whole generation of Chicago Cubs fans. The 2005 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductee is considered to be one of the greatest second baseman in history. His #23 is just the fourth number ever retired by the Cubs organization. He retired in 1997, after spending nearly his entire career as a Cub. He is currently the manager of the Cubs single A affiliate, the Peoria Chiefs. Large crowds of individuals that “bleed Cubbie blue” follow him wherever he manages. Goose Island even brewed a special beer in honor of Sandberg, “the Ryno 23” during the year he was enshrined in Cooperstown. I caught up to him right before his Chiefs visited the Chicago area to start a three game set with the Kane County Cougars. The two teams will meet again on July 29th at Wrigley Field (7:05pm) for the first minor league game in the park’s storied history.

Ryno’s thoughts on the Cubs recent trade with the Oakland Athletics for pitcher Rich Harden: “I really like what’s going on there and the way they continue to make moves to really give themselves a good chance. I like the way all the pieces are in place right now and they seem to keep adding pieces and want to get better. Hopefully, this will help for making a good second half and lot of good postseasons.”

Sandberg also discussed some of the interesting things he’s doing next week: “I’m going to the All-Star game, the Hall-of-Famers are being presented before the game. I’ve never been to Yankee Stadium so that will be a treat. They’re doing a parade down 5th Avenue with all the Hall-of-Famers before the game, and then some of us are invited to the White House on the Wednesday after the All-Star game…then the following week I’m going to the Hall of Fame inductions for four days.”

You can see his Peoria Chiefs take on the Kane County Cougars on Thursday July 10th and Friday July 11th (both games start at 6:30pm) at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva, IL. Also, if you’re looking for a chance to see a game at Wrigley Field on the cheap, tickets to the Cougars-Chiefs contest at the Friendly Confines start at just $5. 

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