Ferguson Jenkins was one of my favorite pitchers to watch when I was very young. Unlike other “throwers,” he was a true “pitcher,” getting by more by his control and changing speeds than having a blazing fastball. I created this “artistic” image of him pitching using Gimp.
“The Chicago Cubs reached the postseason for the third straight year for the first time since 1908.”
In other news, the Great Chicago Fire was in 1871. :)
A corn farm in Spring Grove, Illinois created this nice tribute to the Chicago Cubs World Series win. From the article, “the maze is a full 28 acres of land with about 10 miles of trails.”
In this image, the Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant talks about the power of thought. As I always try to tell people, all you are is attitude.
I just ran across this image. I created it way back when I was first learning how to create artistic effects with Gimp. I don’t know for sure because I didn’t save the working file, but I suspect that I created this image by starting with an image from a YouTube video, then blurred it a little bit, then applied the “oilify” effect to it one or more times.
P.S. — If you’re old enough, you can identify the pitcher and the batter, despite the Gimp artistic effects. :)
I had two interactions with Chicago Cubs players in my youth.
When I was about 10 years old, Randy Hundley was the Cubs catcher and he came to speak to all of our little league players and parents at a large gathering. After he gave a speech we were allowed to ask questions. Even then I was interested in pitching, so I asked, “What do you talk about when you go out to the pitchers’ mound?” He answered something like, “Son, I’m sorry, I’m not allowed to use those words here.” (All the adults thought that was funny, but I was serious and thought, “Geez, why don’t adults ever take kids’ questions seriously?”)
Then when I was a senior in high school, Ron Santo came to one of my games, wearing his trademark leather jacket. Technically he went to his son’s game, but since I was pitching and we won, it was my game. ;)
Chicago’s Hamilton cast performs “Go Cubs Go”:
On November 2, 2016, the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series by the score of 8-7 in ten innings. Ahh ... it feels good to say that.
This is a fake oil painting of Aroldis Chapman taking the ball in the 7th inning of Game 5 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians.
The Chicago Cubs won the 2016 National League Pennant on October 22, 2016, and are headed to the World Series, where they’ll play the Cleveland Indians.