3 lifelong Chicago Cubs fans had a Cubs dream come true at the Chicago Cubs 2012 home opener (April 5). I spoke with Elizabeth Sandman, who along with her husband Joshua and daughter, Lillian got the opportunity to throw out the first pitch for the Chicago Cubs 2012 Opening Day.
How It Happened
The Sandman's were able to attend opening day after getting the opportunity to purchase season tickets in 2012. Joshua's father had been on the waiting list for season tickets for 14 years, but had passed away. The Cubs extended the offer to the family to purchase the tickets which they did.
While standing outside of Wrigley Field taking a few photos, a few Chicago Cubs representatives dressed like usher's approached them offering to take their photos.
Lillian, their little girl's nickname is Peanut
The Sandman's soon to be born son's nickname is Cracker Jack
And of course, their Golden Doodle dog's name is Wrigley
One of the representatives left before the conversation ended and than soon after the family got to their seats, they were shaking hands with Chicago Cubs owner, Tom Ricketts. When Mr. Rickett's asked them if they wanted to throw out the first pitch, the family accepted.
The Cubs brought the family to the first few rows behind the dugout near Jessie White and other guests for the Cubs opener. I asked whether they got the opportunity to meet Bill Murray who also threw out a first pitch, but they did not. Elizabeth was nervous walking out onto the mound concerned that she might slip and fall on the high mound, but everything went well.
One of the Cubs representatives gave Joshua a tip to throw the ball higher than you think you need to. He threw out the first pitch to Kerry Wood, Elizabeth's all-time favorite Chicago Cub since they have grown up watching his career progress with the Cubs.
The family also got the ball signed by Kerry Wood which I'm sure will be a life long commerative of an unbelievable day!!
How About the Cubs?
Being a Cubs fan myself, I had to ask who their favorite players on the Cubs are currently and what they thought of the team.
Aside from Kerry Wood, Elizabeth really likes new Cub David Dejesus and thought the Cubs were putting things in place to be a very good team in the next 2 or 3 years. Optimism is truly a job requirement for all Cubs fan, but let's all hope that she is right!!