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Meatpants
02-06-2002, 04:23 PM
Seriously, what hope do these kids have of NOT growing up to be complete idiots?


Sammy, Kerry ... it's a true Cubs love affair
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By Jim Caple
ESPN.com

When Dick (Night Train) Lane passed away last week, I couldn't help but think of Mike Veeck, the owner of several minor-league teams, who named his son after the NFL Hall of Famer. He explained the naming to me this way several years ago.

"We moved 17 times in the first 11 years of my life ... and in every neighborhood, you were the new kid, the untested commodity, and you were never picked for a team. But if you're named Night Train, I figure you have a lot better chance of being picked than if you were named Jim or Bob or Mike or Tony. 'Night Train? Cool name. How bad can the kid be?' "

And what did Veeck's then-wife think of naming her son Night Train?

Not only is Kerry Wood the Cubs' ace, but he's also the namesake for a young girl in Seattle.

"She was very understanding," Veeck said. "She refused to put Night Train on the birth certificate and insists on calling him William."

Veeck, however, still calls him Night Train.

I love that story and I think it explains a basic, genetic difference between men and women. Men want to name their children after ballplayers while women want to name them after soap opera characters. Alas, women usually win out on this issue, so we have a lot more kids named Kayla than Big Unit.

One friend of mine, however, did name his first child Seaver, though he failed to get Koosman past his wife for the second child. Another friend, Dan Lepse, beat the odds and has managed to name all three of his children for his beloved Cubs.

You have to understand about Lepse. His address has been in Seattle his entire life, but his soul has always been in the Wrigley Field bleachers. In fact, most people know him by his nickname, Sarge, after former Cubs outfielder Gary Mathews.

Sarge has occasionally wondered about how he could have the misfortune of choosing one of the very few teams that hasn't gone to the World Series during his lifetime, but he never questions his loyalty to the Cubs. He isn't that sort. You have a favorite team, you stick by them. Through thick and thin.

So when it came time to ask Tricia, the woman he loved, to marry him several years ago, he picked the only site that made sense. In front of Wrigley Field on Opening Day, 1993. "That was the first game Greg Maddux pitched in Chicago after he signed with Atlanta," he points out.

And when the two had their first child, they named her Samantha, though everyone calls her Sammy, as in Sammy Sosa. Sarge is quick to point out Sammy was born in 1997, a full year before Sosa became a household name. "We weren't just jumping on the bandwagon there."

When Sarge and Tricia had their next child, another girl, they named her Kerry, after you know who.

Yes, Sarge readily admits, Tricia is a wonderful -- and wonderfully tolerant -- woman.

"I think the smartest thing is I slid Samantha in there on her to start," Sarge said. "She knew the Sosa implications, but she liked the name. And once I slipped that in we had the theme set. Kerry was the toughest sales job. She says she will make my life miserable if Kerry Wood turns out to be a flash in the pan. But even if his injuries hold him back, I tell her that he still pitched what is possibly the greatest game in baseball history."

So Kerry has that to fall back on come junior high, which is nice.

Sarge faced an obstacle recently when Trish was expecting their third child, though. If the child was a boy, they would name it Ryne, but having already exhausted Samantha and Kerry, Sarge was struggling for a girl's name that fit into the Cubs theme. "I couldn't talk her into Ernestine or Fergie," he said. "And obviously Mordecai was out."

Some friends suggested Grace, but Sarge never liked the name all that much, and after Mark Grace signed with the Diamondbacks, he refused to consider the name any further. "Grace chose to chase a World Series ring rather than be honored in this fashion," he said. "And he'll have to live with the decision."

Friends wagered on possible names. Shawon? Kiki? Gabby? But Tricia surprised us all with an inspired name. She is a kindergarten teacher and she remembered the name of a former pupil that she thought would be perfect. She liked the name, it was distinctive and it fit the Cubs theme splendidly.

Thus, last week she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl the proud parents promptly named ... Addison.

Everyone seems to like the name, even those who have no idea what the address of Wrigley Field is. And why not? Addison is a very pretty name.

Besides, Sheffield and Waveland were already taken.

czalgosz
02-06-2002, 04:31 PM
Sorry 'pants... didn't see your post, there...

doublem23
02-06-2002, 04:34 PM
Sniff Sniff Someone get me a hankie.... :whiner:

Great Googily Moogily..... The wormhole of stupidity grows...

cheeses_h_rice
02-06-2002, 04:36 PM
Originally posted by Meatpants

Some friends suggested Grace, but Sarge never liked the name all that much, and after Mark Grace signed with the Diamondbacks, he refused to consider the name any further. "Grace chose to chase a World Series ring rather than be honored in this fashion," he said. "And he'll have to live with the decision."

Yeah, like I'm sure he regrets *that* decision! *****!!!


Thus, last week she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl the proud parents promptly named ... Addison.

Sounds like a porno star!

Here's my reaction to the whole thing...

:chunks

Cheryl
02-06-2002, 04:37 PM
Originally posted by Meatpants


Some friends suggested Grace, but Sarge never liked the name all that much, and after Mark Grace signed with the Diamondbacks, he refused to consider the name any further. "Grace chose to chase a World Series ring rather than be honored in this fashion," he said. "And he'll have to live with the decision."


What a maroon! Which would you rather do--get away from playing for the Cubs, AND a ring in the bargain--or have some jamoke in Seattle name his kid after you?

FarWestChicago
02-06-2002, 04:41 PM
Originally posted by cheeses_h_rice
Here's my reaction to the whole thing...
Wow, this story got the "Hurl" in two different threads. Very impressive! :D:

Spiff
02-06-2002, 04:43 PM
Originally posted by FarWestChicago
Wow, this story got the "Hurl" in two different threads. Very impressive! :D:

Yeah and cheeses and I said about the same thing a minute apart. Spooooky :?:

doublem23
02-06-2002, 04:43 PM
Originally posted by Cheryl


What a maroon! Which would you rather do--get away from playing for the Cubs, AND a ring in the bargain--or have some jamoke in Seattle name his kid after you?

Remember, one of the classic signs of Blue Rock OD is the belief that the Cubs are the center of the universe.

voodoochile
02-06-2002, 04:46 PM
Anyone remember the Seinfeld episode where George confesses he wants to name his kid "Seven" as a tribute to Mickey Mantle?

Maybe some Sox fan can name their kid "Big Hurt" a tribute not only to the Sox but to the act of child birth itself.

Side note - Anyone who wants to see what football used to be like, check out a tape on Dick "Night Train" Lane. This guys favorite way to tackle was to clothes-line the reciever (No joke, he was known for it and it was legal).

cheeses_h_rice
02-06-2002, 04:47 PM
Originally posted by doublem23


Remember, one of the classic signs of Blue Rock OD is the belief that the Cubs are the center of the universe.

And that playing for 35,000 drunken slobs and some weeds on the wall 81 times a year is more important than winning a WS ring.

Spiff
02-06-2002, 06:12 PM
Originally posted by voodoochile
Side note - Anyone who wants to see what football used to be like, check out a tape on Dick "Night Train" Lane. This guys favorite way to tackle was to clothes-line the reciever (No joke, he was known for it and it was legal).

Yeah Night Train was a baaaaad man. I remember watching NFL films when I was younger and many times seeing him just explode into some poor sap who was dumb enough to go across the middle.

PaleHoseGeorge
02-06-2002, 06:24 PM
Originally posted by voodoochile
Maybe some Sox fan can name their kid "Big Hurt" a tribute not only to the Sox but to the act of child birth itself.

My son's nickname is "Pants" in honor of Clarence "Pants" Rowland, the manager of the 1917 world champion White Sox.

Of course his mom and grandmother claim his nickname is derived from behaving like such a little dude.

His dad knows better.

:cool:

Spiff
02-06-2002, 06:27 PM
Originally posted by PaleHoseGeorge


My son's nickname is "Pants" in honor of Clarence "Pants" Rowland, the manager of the 1917 world champion White Sox.

Of course his mom and grandmother claim his nickname is derived from behaving like such a little dude.

His dad knows better.

:cool:

My cat's name is maggie (which i hate) but I call her maggs or mag-pipes so um yeah...go me.

Jjav829
02-06-2002, 06:42 PM
Originally posted by Wh1teSox00


My cat's name is maggie (which i hate) but I call her maggs or mag-pipes so um yeah...go me.

My life is so much more complete now that I know this. :smile:

Spiff
02-06-2002, 06:44 PM
Originally posted by Jjav829


My life is so much more complete now that I know this. :smile:

Someone is bitter from lack of Lorenzo Booker!

Daver
02-06-2002, 06:45 PM
Originally posted by Jjav829


My life is so much more complete now that I know this. :smile:

I was thinking the same thing.


I have a burlap bag and a couple of bricks,combined with a body of water it will take care of the cat.

Jjav829
02-06-2002, 06:48 PM
Originally posted by daver


I was thinking the same thing.


I have a burlap bag and a couple of bricks,combined with a body of water it will take care of the cat.

Why not just shoot it?

Jjav829
02-06-2002, 06:49 PM
Originally posted by Wh1teSox00


Someone is bitter from lack of Lorenzo Booker!

No, I was just getting ready to go watch 4 more hours of coverage about why he decided to go to Florida State over Notre Dame.

Spiff
02-06-2002, 06:51 PM
Originally posted by daver


I was thinking the same thing.


I have a burlap bag and a couple of bricks,combined with a body of water it will take care of the cat.

Hey it's not like I was off-topic or anything, it went along with George's kid's pants or whatever...I wasn't paying attention.

Daver
02-06-2002, 06:53 PM
Originally posted by Jjav829


Why not just shoot it?

Waste of effort,it is a cat.The shotgun shell is worth more than the cat,I get the bricks and the bags for free.

PaleHoseGeorge
02-06-2002, 06:56 PM
Originally posted by daver
Waste of effort,it is a cat.The shotgun shell is worth more than the cat,I get the bricks and the bags for free.


:reinsy
"Not if they're my bricks, you don't."

Daver
02-06-2002, 07:02 PM
Originally posted by PaleHoseGeorge



:reinsy
"Not if they're my bricks, you don't."

I got a bunch of those for free too.I kept one and gave the rest to freinds.Call it a fringe benefit of helping build Veeck Feild.

Paulwny
02-06-2002, 07:11 PM
Originally posted by daver


I got a bunch of those for free too.I kept one and gave the rest to freinds.Call it a fringe benefit of helping build Veeck Feild.

Did the Speedway Wrecking Company take part in the demolition?

Daver
02-06-2002, 07:16 PM
Originally posted by Paulwny


Did the Speedway Wrecking Company take part in the demolition?

I wanna say it was CJ demolition,though I am not positive on the name,the company is owned by a freind of Rich Daley(imagine that),they do most of the demolition of public buildings in the city.They are currently one of many sub-contractors tearing down the RT homes along the side of the Dan Ryan at 55th street.Hopefully Stateway Gardens(the buildings directly across from Comiskey Park)are the next to go.

Spiff
02-06-2002, 07:18 PM
Originally posted by daver


I wanna say it was CJ demolition,though I am not positive on the name,the company is owned by a freind of Rich Daley(imagine that),they do most of the demolition of public buildings in the city.They are currently one of many sub-contractors tearing down the RT homes along the side of the Dan Ryan at 55th street.Hopefully Stateway Gardens(the buildings directly across from Comiskey Park)are the next to go.

My life is so much more complete now that I know this. :angry:

Paulwny
02-06-2002, 07:23 PM
Originally posted by daver


I wanna say it was CJ demolition,though I am not positive on the name,the company is owned by a freind of Rich Daley(imagine that),they do most of the demolition of public buildings in the city.They are currently one of many sub-contractors tearing down the RT homes along the side of the Dan Ryan at 55th street.Hopefully Stateway Gardens(the buildings directly across from Comiskey Park)are the next to go.

Many yrs ago, for Christmas, my son gave me a Comiskey Brick. The plaque attached to it mentions the Speedway Comp. My paranoia is showing, seeing if it's legit.

Daver
02-06-2002, 07:24 PM
Originally posted by Wh1teSox00


My life is so much more complete now that I know this. :angry:

I answered a question.

Go pet your cat.

PaleHoseGeorge
02-06-2002, 07:33 PM
Originally posted by Paulwny
Did the Speedway Wrecking Company take part in the demolition?

You can stop being paranoid, Paul. Speedway was the wrecking company and the authentic bricks have the bricks with their name on them.

A Sox Fan I saw at SoxFest said he bought one at the garage sale for $20. That's a good deal. I believe I've seen them sell on eBay for over $100. Old Comiskey seats can go for a cool grand.

Daver
02-06-2002, 07:37 PM
Originally posted by PaleHoseGeorge


You can stop being paranoid, Paul. Speedway was the wrecking company and the authentic bricks have the bricks with their name on them.

A Sox Fan I saw at SoxFest said he bought one at the garage sale for $20. That's a good deal. I believe I've seen them sell on eBay for over $100. Old Comiskey seats can go for a cool grand. Man I am a loser,I had over two hundred of them,and I gave them away.

Spiff
02-06-2002, 07:39 PM
Originally posted by daver


I answered a question.

Go pet your cat.

Ok...now what?

Should I skin it too, Cletus?

Paulwny
02-06-2002, 07:41 PM
Originally posted by PaleHoseGeorge


You can stop being paranoid, Paul. Speedway was the wrecking company and the authentic bricks have the bricks with their name on them.

A Sox Fan I saw at SoxFest said he bought one at the garage sale for $20. That's a good deal. I believe I've seen them sell on eBay for over $100. Old Comiskey seats can go for a cool grand.

Damn, I'll leave this world with something to inherit.

PaleHoseGeorge
02-06-2002, 07:47 PM
Originally posted by Paulwny
Damn, I'll leave this world with something to inherit.

Don't leave it to your son-in-law.

:)

Paulwny
02-06-2002, 07:51 PM
Originally posted by PaleHoseGeorge


Don't leave it to your son-in-law.

:)

LMAO---You remember!!!

PaleHoseGeorge
02-06-2002, 07:58 PM
Originally posted by Paulwny
LMAO---You remember!!!

He would probably use it to brake his car in the garage or something.

Entrust it to your daughter. She'll show it proper respect. She was raised right, after all.

BTW, I saw lots of happy Sox Fan families at SoxFest. Dr.Crawdad's entire entourage was decked out in silver and black. Very cool.

Iwritecode
02-07-2002, 10:18 AM
Originally posted by PaleHoseGeorge
BTW, I saw lots of happy Sox Fan families at SoxFest. Dr.Crawdad's entire entourage was decked out in silver and black. Very cool.

Ahem... There was another family that stopped by the WSI booth (a few times) that was also decked out in silver and black.

We got a few comments about my daughter's Sox cheerleader outfit. :smile:

PaleHoseGeorge
02-07-2002, 11:11 AM
Originally posted by Iwritecode


Ahem... There was another family that stopped by the WSI booth (a few times) that was also decked out in silver and black.

We got a few comments about my daughter's Sox cheerleader outfit. :smile:

LOL! I've got photos of us together and a close up of your Sox helmet's French Fry Boy autograph! I hope to have the pictures up in the next day or so. I'm having trouble remembering the names of all the Sox Fans in the pictures though. I'll need some help from some of you.

And yes, Mr. Code's Sox family made quite the fashion statement at SoxFest. I can only imagine how queer a similar family attending the Cubs Convention would look wearing those bizarre Cubbie bear pajamas.

Eewww!