Fans honor Santo, mourn loss on TwitterFacebook

Fans honor Santo, mourn loss on TwitterFacebook

Friday, Dec. 3, 20107:43 a.m. Updated 1:11 p.m.

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Fans on Twitter are reacting to the passing of Cubs legend Ron Santo. Here is a sampling of the thoughts and condolences being expressed on Twitter and Facebook:

@Rygarz: Santo was a gr8 personality and I enjoyed listening to him on the radio during Cubs games, a gr8 family man and fundraiser

@LabLover1962: Woke up to hear that Cubs legend Ron Santo died, VERY SAD! :-((

@EZBaratz: RIP Ron Santo...You deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.

@isaacfromCT: Wow Cubs broadcasts just will not be the same without Ron Santo at all, Im just deeply saddened about Ron's passing

@cubsfanrpt: RIP Ron Santo. Thank you for your inspiration and never-ending devotion to the Cubs

@DJKneegrow: One of the sadest days to be a Cubs fan. R.I.P. Ron Santo you will be missed and never forgotten.

@gbdawkins: Thought it was gonna be a good day: cooking eggs making coffee, jamming in kitchen to My Old School. Then I get this Santo news. Bleh.

@katmusic2008: People, I am heartsick to learn about Ron Santo's passing. This Sox fan will miss This Old Cub diamondinthesky

@drinksdearborn: First Leslie Nielson, now Ron Santo is gone too? Can this week end please?

@boilerchas: Rest In Peace Ron Santo!! The Cubs radio broadcasts will never be the same!

@ejenkins211: Can't believe Ron Santo is gone. The Cubs franchise just won't be the same without him. :(

@noturavguy: RIP Ron Santo, it's a shame he didn't get to see the Cubbies win it during his liftime. Great guy, deserved better.

@WillyC17: Today is a very sad day for baseball and the world. R.I.P. Ron Santo - you're a legend and will be missed.

@bobwad: Goodbye Ron Santo. If there's a brick walled ballfield in the sky covered in ivy, we'll be able to find you there. Until then, R.I.P. Cubs

@megan102218: Ron Santo, you will be missed. Your Cubs 10 jersey forever retired in our hearts.

@OrdnaelJ_31: 'CLICK YOUR HEELS TODAY' in appreciation of Ron Santo!!!! Cubs @MLB

@Chi_NateDizzle: I wonder what Harry Caray and Ron Santo are talking about right now. RIP

@ScooterSMD: A sad and heart heavy day for Cubs and baseball fans. Ron Santo has passed away. He will be missed by many. What a great man.

@hriefs: There was no stopping Ron Santo from being a Cubs fan in the booth. "Oh, dang!" he'd scream after many a botched play. I'll miss it.

@krt0116: Ron Santo --> Great ballplayer, better man. You'll be missed Ronnie!

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Erick Blake: Cubs radio will never be the same without ron's enthusiasm...he will be greatly missed

Mike Lally: Cubs broadcasting will never be the same

Michael J. David: Not a Cubs fan but sad to hear that
Doug Wolfe: Time to fly the "10" and "W" flags over Wrigley

Sean Johnson: R.I.P. Ron Santo!He was the BEST radio announcer, I was privileged to grow up listening to you, & I hope that he gets elected into the Hall of Fame! It wont be the same wo him!

Demetrius Birch: R.i.p. ron santo a man i get 2 hear him on the radio when cubs play with pat hughes was the best 1 2 team combo all time on radio i love his passion of the game and being a fan its unfortunate his time should've been in the hall of fame but in time they should've did a long time ago! So this for you ronnie "THIS IS THE YEAR"! I have 2 say that may god bless the santo family, chicago cubs,friends, and family we are one and we will continue 2 give what every fan and myself want a world series title!

Marcos Febus: Field of dreams....what a loss and may his family find comfort in knowing he is not hurting from his illnesses no more. RIP

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John D. - Rockford, IL: Cubs games will never be the same. Hes playing in Gods hall of fame now.God bless you Ron and thank you.

I was a big fan of his ever since the 1969 Cubs. I will deeply miss him.

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312SportsFan: Ron, we will miss you. RIP.

mikecubbie69: This is a sad way to start the day. Listening to Cubs games will never be the same. Ronnie was such an icon, such an inspiration. I will remember his passion, his joy for the Cubs, the heel kicking from '69, the jokes about his toupee and Shea Stadium, the visible frustration that could only come from a true Cubs fan and the disappointment over not getting into the Hall of Fame. At least his pain and suffering is over. God Bless You, Ron Santo.

wheelinwv: As a kid growing up in Chicagoland, I will never forget the CUBS. Billy Williams, Ernie Banks and Ron Santo were my heroes. What great players and role models they were. Thanks for the memories, Ron!

dansram: Condolences to the Santo family. Somewhere, up there, there is a great baseball discussion going on with Ronny, Harry

cephas5150: As a boy playing Sandlot baseball in the early seventies we used tocall out "who we were". Santo, Kissinger, Banks, Jenkins and Williamswere always the first ones taken. The saddest thing is that 10 nevergot to see his number called for the hall of fame. R.I.P. Mr. Santo

Grantscarff: Ron Santo was a good broadcaster and a great 3rd baseman. He will be sadly missed by all cubs fans. RIP Ron Santo.

samnpat1@comcast.net: The Chicago Cubs have lost a great man and friend.Ron was loved by manyand will be missed by all.May you rest in Peace Ron.God be with you andyour family.Thanks for the many,many memories.

bestbuy57: We will miss you Ron Santo. My fondest memory of Ron growing up as ayoungster was the 1969 season when Ron would run and click his heels tothe Cubs clubhouse everytime the Cubs won. He deserves to be in theHall Of Fame. He never got a chance for that and to see the Cubs win aWorld Series. God Bless Ron and his family. A good man!

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MIAMI – Jon Lester dropped his head and wiped the sweat from his face. The Cubs ace didn’t jerk his neck and twist his body, hoping the swing and the sound somehow fooled him. The slow turnaround revealed the obvious – the 75-mph curveball out of his left hand flew over the left-field wall and nearly into the Clevelander bar billed as an adult playground. 

Lester gripped the next ball, stared out into the visual noise at Marlins Park and went to work late Saturday afternoon after J.T. Realmuto’s two-out, three-run homer in the first inning. This is the bulldog determination and tunnel vision that’s been the antidote to the big-market pressures at Fenway Park and Wrigley Field and made Lester such a big-game pitcher.

“You really just have to lock it down,” Lester said after doing just that in a 5-3 win. “You have to try to figure out a way to pitch innings. That was one thing I learned at an early age in Boston with ‘Schill’ (Curt Schilling) and Josh (Beckett). It doesn’t matter. Now we start over. You have to take that mindset of ‘It’s back to zero’ and not keep looking at the scoreboard.”

From that Realmuto moment, Lester retired the next 13 hitters he faced, 15 of the next 16 and 18 of his last 20 at a time when the Cubs needed that performance to buy time for their young hitters, weather a series of injuries and survive a brutal schedule.

Lester believed enough in the coming waves of talent to sign with a last-place team after the 2014 season, and got rewarded with his third World Series ring, continually impressed with this group’s poise and maturity.

The day after getting shut out for the sixth time this season, Addison Russell, Ian Happ, Javier Baez and Albert Almora Jr. – four 24-and-under players – combined to go 7-for-15 with five RBI and four runs scored.

“It’s a test for everybody,” Lester said. “These guys are kind of getting broken in early. They’re going to figure it out and we’re going to go. Now it seems like our guys are really feeling comfortable at the plate. We’re having good at-bats, normal at-bats.

“The results will come. This is, obviously, a results-driven industry. But the plans – as far as on the mound and in the batter’s box – just look a lot smoother right now, a lot cleaner and hopefully we can just keep playing good baseball.”

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The Cubs are 38-36, a half-game behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers and in position to win three consecutive series for the first time since April. Whether or not Lester (5-4, 3.83 ERA) returns to Little Havana for the All-Star Game, he is the bellwether for this rotation.  

“Jonny’s just got this thing going on right now,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He knows where the ball is going and he gets the high-number velocity when he wants to. He’s not just pitching at 92, 93, 94 (mph). It’s in his back pocket when he needs it. And he gets it with command when he wants it.

“As well as I’ve seen him pitch – I know he had a great run last year also – from a stuff perspective, command perspective, it’s as good as he can pitch.”

This $155 million investment will at some point become a sunk cost. The Cubs understand the history of nine-figure contracts for pitchers and how desperately they need reinforcements. But almost 100 innings into this title defense, Lester feels like he’s just getting started. 

“I feel better now than I did in April and May, for sure,” Lester said. “I think bigger bodies just take a while sometimes. Some years are different than others. Some years you come out like gangbusters and you’re ready to go and the body feels fine. And other years it takes a while to get into that rhythm of pitching every five days again. This was one of those years.”