This post was 100% inspired by the above photo. Quite possibly my all-time favorite movie character and Chicago fan, Clark W. Griswold, Jr.
In “Christmas Vacation”, Clark is seen wearing a Bears hat and a Blackhawks jersey. I have to believe the man is a Cubs fan. I just don’t see White Sox in him. Ever the optimist, Clark looks above and beyond the challenges ahead and often times doesn’t even know they exist. Completely oblivious or completely blinded by his optimism, this is what many would believe to be a great way to go through life.
You know the man must have had season tickets to the Cubs for him and his entire family. He may have won them on another game show with Ellen and the kids dressed as pigs or some other farm animal. Or maybe one year, instead of putting in a swimming pool, he got everyone seats along the first base line. Cousin Eddie: “But I don’t like baseball, Clark”. Clark: “I know that Eddie”.
Clark has to be a Cubs fan because he just has that excited look in his eyes even when his strained smile tells you things aren’t going his way. He won’t take no for an answer when it comes to having a good time and providing those around him with one as well. Sounds like Cubs fan to me! 102 years and counting? I’d say that’s not taking no for answer if nothing else is! And you know Clark would be THRILLED the Cubs pulled off the Matt Garza trade. Clark: “Surprised, Eddie? If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am right now.” You know he’d go out and buy the new Garza jersey to wear to next season’s opener if he didn’t already have an old one with the last name GRISWOLD already sewn across the back ready to go.
Clark W. Griswold, Jr. would be the type of fan with season tickets who wins the drawing for a season ticket holder to sing the seventh inning stretch. Only when they decided that they’d have to cancel his opportunity to do so when Jeremy Piven showed up, he’d pretend to have a gun and force them to let him sing. Is there a fan jail cell at Wrigley? Probably, would Clark end up in it? Of course not! He’d talk his way out of trouble with the Ricketts by introducing his family and getting them to admit that they never should’ve done those crappy Way of Life radio ads to save a buck. He’d then pack up the family and travel across the country to catch the Cubs play a road game on the kids’ holiday break. (It would have to be a road game of course…the song ‘Holiday Home’ doesn’t have the same ring to it).
Spring Training Vacation is a movie I would love to see. Clark and the family drive from their modest home on a ***-de-sac in Illinois, across the plains to Arizona. Kick off the trip with a round of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in which Rusty refuses to sing along. Have them check into the motel and send Clark out for a night swim where he runs into Cubs fan Marisa Miller at the motel pool. Marisa Miller: “I am a big fan of Fukudome. Do you like Fukudome?”. Clark: “This is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy”.
Of course things don’t go well when they arrive at HoHoKam Park and hilarity ensues. Cousin Eddie’s boy has been signed by the Cubs as a Spring Training invite and Rusty ends up going off and getting into trouble with the local radicals. It all ends with Clark as the hero giving his family a great family vacation at Cubs Spring Training and of course this film features all new kids playing the Griswold children once again!
Anyway, kind of got away from me at the end, but you get the point. Love the photo and yes, I believe Clark W. Griswold, Jr. HAD to be a Cubs fan. He’s just too likable to be a White Sox fan. Go Cubs Go! Let’s win one for the Grizzer!