Last night I was having a coronary. After all the stress & crying over our poor dog, Sheila (who is recuperating NICELY!!! from having a nearly 9 lb tumor removed from her abdominal cavity) I was watching my Chicago Cubs. I am a die-hard life-long third-generation Cubs fan. I grew up in Waukegan, just one hour north of the Friendly Confines. I’ve been to numerous Cubs game including the Sandberg Game, as it came to be known.
It’s now 2015. I’m living in Houston, Texas & the Astros are no longer in the National League so my family & I can no longer see the Cubs play in person. I pay for MLB Extra Innings on Direct TV every season so I can watch the games. I’ve only missed 15 games this entire season, mainly due to being out of town.
We were in Colorado for 10 days & my family doesn’t have MLB Extra Innings, then we saw my in-laws for a weekend, & twice the DVR wasn’t getting a signal due to the 26 days of rain Houston received back in May. I started the season CONVINCED that THIS IS THE YEAR so I didn’t want to miss any games.
I kind of wish I had missed last night’s game.
The Cubs were ahead 8-0 by the third inning. My husband considered the game over & went upstairs to watch TV, but we all know what Yogi said. It ain’t over ’til it’s over. When it comes to baseball there are no guarantees because anything can happen.
The Cubs’ relief pitching nearly threw it all away. That 5-run Cardinal 7th inning nearly gave me hives from the stress! The Cubs did end up winning 8-5, but in the process I had about 14 mini heart attacks!!! Who knew that watching a baseball game could be so stressful??? Despite that, I’ll be watching again tonight as the Cubs go for the SWEEP against the Cardinals & then it’s on to the next.
Here’s the candle I’m burning for them. It’s the 5th of the season. The intention is always
the same: in what may have been the words of Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks were he alive today:
“The Cubs will be supreme in 2015!”
I’ve never focused so much energy their way in all my life. We have a very young team who isn’t mentally wrapped around weird stories of goat “curses” or black cats running across the field. They aren’t jaded (yet). I could really see it last night more than ever: scoring 17 runs in the past 2 games the Cubs are PLAYING FOR BROKE!!! There’s only ONE thing on their mind & it’s what’s been on my mind the entire season: they are going ALL THE WAY!!
We have a VERY special angel up there working on this, my hero – Ernie Banks – and if ANYONE can bring a World Series to Chicago it is Mr. Cub himself, whom I was honored to meet in 2013. He was the sweetest man. Everyone who actually knew him will tell you that.
When we met him, Ernie spent all the time asking about me, Ariel & Stuart. We only paid for me to meet him, but he spoke with all of us asking us where are we from, have we been Cub fans for life? Our parents? What did they do for a living? And so on. He was very happy when I proudly told him Ariel is a fourth-generation Cubs fan and that I wouldn’t marry Stuart until he swore the ONLY baseball that would be on TV in our house would be the Cubs. He had to convert to being a Cubs fan in order to marry me. Most convert for religious reasons. Well, in my opinion, Stuart did as well! Ernie began talking about the importance of family & what a blessing it is to be a member of a Cubs family. He and I were in perfect agreement.
Meeting Ernie was one of the loveliest experiences of my life. At one point I told him that. He laughed & said, “Oh, no it’s not!” He was so unassuming. When he hugged me for this picture he told me that he’s had a great life & so much fun, but my story had to be the best he had ever heard (for that story, click here). He probably said that to everyone, but I believed him. He then got a sad look in his eye & said he’d be sorry to go because it’s been so much fun. I then told him at the time, and I can basically quote myself because it came from me heart:
“I know, Ernie, but look at it this way. You’ll be on the other side cheering the Cubs along & if ANYONE can bring the Cubs a World Series, it’s YOU!” He laughed & said, “Yep, I gotta have a serious talking to with the Lord because this has gone on long enough!” He shook his fist & head vehemently to add emphasis.
So Ernie, I hope you’ve been doing a LOT of talking!!! And, as always, from my very soul:
Wishing you (and the Cubs) many blessings!
Nefer Khepri, PhD, R. M-T.
Author of The Egyptian Lenormand (Schiffer Books, 2015)