Farewell Ron Santo

For those who hadn't heard, former player, current broadcaster and all-around Cubs lifer Ron Santo passed away last night. He was only 70 but he has always had numerous health problems and it was complications from bladder cancer that finally got him. 

I'm not a Cubs fan by any means but you didn't have to be to appreciate him and If you listened to a lot of Cubs games, you understand why this is a tough loss. He was just a good, likeable person, simple as that. I actually dislike the Cubs but listening to Santo would often have me rooting for them. He was the only outright homer that actually made it work; not just bearable but enjoyable because it was crystal clear with every call that he lived and breathed Cubbies baseball. Seriously, every win sounded like game 7, every loss sounded like he was ready to jump off the Sears Tower (listen for yourself here).

With his warm personality and ultra-positive demeanor, Santo was nothing short of an inspiration. I'll certainly miss his stories about the National League of yesteryear, which wig he decided to wear that day & the origin of the scrambled egg stain on his pants. Baseball is worse off for having lost him and my thoughts go out to Cubs fans, the city of Chicago and the Santo family.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Amazin' Avenue

You must be a member of Amazin' Avenue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Amazin' Avenue. You should read them.

Join Amazin' Avenue

You must be a member of Amazin' Avenue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Amazin' Avenue. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker