Jack Silverstein/For RedEye
January 21, 2013
Being the artifact and collectible junkie that I am, I spent much of my time Friday and Saturday on the bottom floor of the convention scrounging through the merchandise and memorabilia room, a massive gathering of jerseys, books, photos, pins, pennants and anything else a sports fan might want to touch, smell, see and of course buy.
Among the booths were a pair of independent authors who have penned two very different Cubs books. The first is "Capital City Cubbie: Tales and Travels of a Kansas Cubs Fan," by Jeremy Deckard. A sportswriter previously with the Pittsburg Morning Sun in Pittsburg, Kan., Deckard is a Cubs blogger for cjonline.com who wanted to write a book about his life as an out-of-town Cubs fan. The book documents the 2012 season and also tells personal stories about Deckard¿s meetings with some of his favorite Cubs, such as Mark Grace and Ron Santo.
The book's focus is from 1986 to the present. "That was the first year I remember watching," Deckard said. "I was 8 years old. I grew up watching them on WGN. That's how I became a fan. Growing up in the part of the state of Kansas I did, the Royals didn't have a network yet. So if you wanted to watch baseball on TV, you had to pick between the Cubs and the Braves. And so I watched the Cubs and Harry Caray and Steve Stone and Ryne Sandberg."
So why didn't he pick the Braves?
"I think because of the ivy field and because of Harry Caray," he said. "Harry Caray was just such a character. You turn the TV on and he brought you into the game."
Deckard finally made his first visit to Wrigley Field for a Cubs game in June 2005 for the Red Sox series.