(left to right: Ronnie "Woo Woo" Wickers, Ernie Banks, Grant DePorter, Dutchie Caray, Will Byington)
Normally, I am behind the scenes and do not always get autographs and such, but when opportunity to get a baseball signed by Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks himself... I could not pass it up. I the am SOO glad that I did. He signed it with what is now my motto for life and this project in general... "To Will... Think Big... Ernie Banks.... Mr. Cub".
Crazy. I seem to be saying that a bunch lately... crazy and wow... this whole process has been slightly overwhelming, fun, interesting and amazing... and it is only beginning. Not only did I see Ernie on Wednesday. Friday morning one of my radio heros - Johnny B - the one and only Jonathon Brandmeier of WLUP-FM in the morning was doing his show from Harry Caray's. So I trekked over there before going to the WXRT event at the Cubby Bear and snapped some shots... this one is a favorite:
(left to right: White Sox legend Ron Kittle, Jonathon Brandmeier of WLUP, Mr. Cub Ernie Banks, Photo by Will Byington)
From there I headed over to XRT's Baseball Broadcast and saw great music from Mike Doughty and Michael McDermott and then a Cubs sweep of the Sox that weekend. Can it get any better???