Let's reminisce with Ronnie's best moments

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Let's reminisce with Ronnie's best moments

Miss Ron Santo? Yeah, we do, too. A lot, actually.

On a day that came decades too late, the Cubs legend is being honored at the highest level with his election into the Hall of Fame. He's not here to celebrate, but his family can shed tears of happiness and joy at the announcement.

Cubs fans can do the same. Tom Hanks once said there's no crying in baseball, but we can all agree a year ago was one of the days that just made us want to tear up.

Any time we listened to a Cubs radio broadcast this past season, it just felt incomplete. All we heard was about the game. No talking about cake or flossing or sandwiches or a random "OHHH NOOO!!!" after a Cubs player makes an error.

So in the spirit of a fallen icon who touched many hearts throughout his 21 years in the radio booth and 14 years on the North Side as a player, I've found a video of some of Ron's greatest moments in the booth.

Check it out here and we'll all laugh and reminisce together.

Here's a great and more serious tribute to Ronnie from commenter nfalcone set to my favorite song of all time "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls.

Here's a funny one from commenter MattAndracki (yes, there is a relation) about Pat and Ron discussing Michael Barrett's unfortunate groin injury.

From commenter JeffBerta: "I'm so proud of 10 today! I wore my Ron Santo Jersey today, for good luck! Last year at this time was really hard on me, My Grandpa who taught me to be Cubs fan and taught me all about Ron Santo (His Favorite player) died toward the end of November, and then the news about Ronnie today, makes me smile today, and think of my Grandpa telling me stories about number 10!"

From commenter AndySteckling, who posted a fantastic video of classic Ron being Ron: "Relating to Matt, just the banter between Pat and Ron. How Pat was always so professional in calling the play but you could just tell (if not at the game and not listening to the fan reaction in the background) how great or terrible it was based on the moaning or groaning or even the persistent cheering from Ron. This video clip I think states it perfectly."

From commenter jjsmmf: "There was a time in Colorado when a praying mantis was in the booth, and Ron printed off the wikipedia page and was beside himself with laughter reading it to Pat Hughes. I can't say I'm a Cubs fan, but stuff like that -- and Ron saying he always wanted to meet someone who's name was a palindrome, like Ned Den -- made listening to Cubs games enjoyable."

From commenter TraciAnn: Ron made me love listening to the games on the radio. He always made it interesting and fun. I love how he was just such a big fan. When something good would happen he would react like any fan would. Same when something bad happened. You always knew how he felt, and he was easy to relate to. Missing him very much today, wish he could have seen this, but glad it has happened, he couldn't be more deserving.
If you have your own favorite video, story or picture of Ronnie, post them below in the comments section and I'll include them in the article here.

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“Reminded me a lot of a play in the World Series.”

Kris Bryant wasn’t the only one with World Series nostalgia Saturday afternoon at the Friendly Confines. The tens of thousands of Cubs fans losing their minds over the North Siders’ eighth-inning comeback made that very clear.

Bryant, though, was the one who provided it, first driving in the game-tying run mere moments after the visiting St. Louis Cardinals smashed open a pitchers duel with back-to-back homers off Jon Lester in the top of the eighth. Bryant then got a head starts and came around all the way from first, scoring the game-winning run on a ball Anthony Rizzo dumped into the left-center field gap so perfectly he couldn’t have thrown it there any better.

Bryant slid in — feet first — beating the throw home from ex-teammate Dexter Fowler. Cue the hysteria at Clark and Addison.

“Me, honestly, I was just trying to go up the middle. I think that’s kind of where I’ve been struggling this year is with guys on base I want to do too much. Just seeing through the middle. Bat broke and flew, I don’t know where it went, but it flew somewhere. That was huge,” Bryant explained after the game.

“And then obviously with Rizz having a good at-bat off a tough lefty. I don't know if Dexter or Tommy Pham got a good read or if they were way back at the track, but right when he hit it I didn’t see them anywhere close to it so I thought there was a pretty good chance that I could score.”

Bryant’s very presence in the Cubs’ starting lineup was the headline before the game, the “freak of nature” returning from a jammed finger after missing only one game. So of course it was the reigning National League MVP who played the biggest role, flipping the script from his sick day by being right in the middle of the Cubs’ eighth-inning explosion. It was the eighth inning where the Cardinals staged their game-defining rally Friday.

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Manager Joe Maddon went as far as saying that perhaps only Bryant could have made the play he did, scoring from first base on what went down as a Rizzo double.

“KB being able to play was the difference in today’s game,” Maddon said. “A combination of the hit and his speed. I don’t think anybody else scores on that. Maybe Jason (Heyward), possibly. (Ian) Happ, possibly. But KB is such a good base runner. He had it in his head the moment the ball was hit, and all (third base coach Gary) Jones had to do was wave his arm. You can’t underestimate the importance of one person in the lineup.

“He’s a very bright base runner. He’s shown that from the beginning. … He demonstrated that early on, and for me when a young player demonstrates awareness on the bases, man, that’s a good baseball player.”

All that talent made Bryant last season’s Most Valuable Player and one of the most important figures in the curse-breaking World Series championship.

Bryant mentioned he thought Saturday’s game-winning trip from first to home conjured memories of a similar play in Game 7 of last fall’s World Series, when Bryant went first to home on Rizzo’s base hit off Andrew Miller in the fifth inning.

“Reminded me a lot of a play in the World Series off of Andrew Miller. It was a full count there, started early,” Bryant said. “Rizz hit it, you’ve got to give him a ton of credit, worked a great at-bat. But the head start really does help. It's something that I take pride in is my base running, surprising people. Hopefully I did that today.”

With Bryant back in the lineup Saturday, Kyle Hendricks’ return to the rotation coming Monday, a now 7-1 record since the All-Star break and a bunched-up NL Central that had four teams within three and a half games of each other entering Saturday’s action, it’s no wonder the World Series feeling is making its way back to the North Side.

All season long, fans and observers have been waiting for that switch to flip, and maybe it finally has.

The bats were thunderous on that six-game road trip out of the All-Star break, with 16 home runs helping the Cubs to back-to-back sweeps of the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves. Friday’s loss to the Cardinals provided plenty of evidence that the rest of the season might feature a knock-down, drag-out slugfest between the four NL Central contenders. All that was missing was a game that got Wrigleyville rocking.

“Probably one of our better wins of the year,” Bryant said.

That’s all without even mentioning the efforts of Lester, who was perfect until Adam Wainwright’s single in the top of the sixth. It was another stellar effort from a Cubs starting pitcher, and what was the team’s biggest problem during that sub-.500 first half — inconsistent starting pitching — certainly seems to be ironed out.

While the standings say it’s still going to be a brawl to the end with the Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cubs could be in a first-place tie by the end of Saturday night.

In other words, the race is on. And Bryant and the Cubs are clicking at the right time.

“It’s already Jaugust,” Maddon joked, inventing a new month out of thin air. “There’s no waiting around right now. Everybody feels the same way. We took advantage of the break, I believe. We came back with renewed energy. You don’t want to give up anything right now.”