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Why I’ll Never Forget Ernie Banks

AP Photo On a cold  night in 2002 I had a great chat with Ernie Banks and an encounter with Sammy Sosa.

AP Photo
On a cold night in 2002 I had a great chat with Ernie Banks and an encounter with Sammy Sosa.

It was a frigid, late mid-April evening in Chicago in 2002. As I hopped off the L train on the Northside, my heart leaped. A Cubs fan since elementary school, I was beyond excited to finally visit Wrigley Field.

However, I was also on a mission. I was a sports writer for the Pine Bluff Commercial, and as a condition of my five days of working vacation, I was asked by my editor to write a column.

The Cubs granted me field access with the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field, and my plan was to write about the showdown between sluggers Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa.

I wasn’t naive enough to think I could get an interview with either superstar, so as I walked down the concrete steps onto the freshly manicured grass behind home plate, I tried to find a neutral party that would have a good take on both superstars.

My eye caught Joe Carter behind the cage watching the end of batting practice. Carter, a one-time Cubs player and hero for the Toronto … Read more >