Prosecard from Cubs Nation – Christopher Petersen

Today’s Prosecard from Cubs Nation is from Christopher Petersen! We’re all in this thing together…might as well get to know one another! If you’d like to be interviewed and featured here in a Prosecard, email me at proseandivy@cubsmvp.com and I will send you questions to answer. That and a photo and you are good to go!

Big week coming up with a nine game homestand against the Mets, Astros and Pirates. Would love to see us go 9-0. It’d be tough, but against these three troubled franchises, anything is possible. I’m sure Christopher would agree.

Here is his Prosecard from Cubs Nation…check it out!

Name: Christopher Petersen

Prose and Ivy: Why are the Chicago Cubs your favorite baseball team?
Christopher Petersen: My best friend in grade school was a huge baseball fan in general and a Cubs fan specifically. So, although I liked watching the games already, he sort of solidified me as a Cubs fan. When I was seven years old in 1984, I wasn’t fully aware of what I was in for. But I got into watching the games, and I became fascinated with listening to Harry call a game. Even as a kid, I knew he wasn’t doing the greatest job, but it always sounded like he was having fun, so it was fun. Being a Cubs fan also sort of fits my personality a bit, because I hope for the best but prepare for the worst with pretty much everything.

P&I: Who is your all-time favorite Cub?
CP: I grew up as a huge fan of Sandberg/Grace/Dawson, but as I learned more about the team I came to truly appreciate Fergie Jenkins. His accomplishments, especially in terms of his durability and complete games, seem almost mythical today when you compare them to modern pitchers who can’t stay healthy for an entire season, even with pitch count restrictions and modern conditioning. But Dawson would have to be my all-time favorite simply because of the legend of the blank check. To see a guy express as much appreciation for the team as a player as you do as a fan, it’s something rare. He knew how fortunate he was to play baseball for a living, and he let the fans know how much he appreciated their support.

P&I: Who is your favorite Cub on the current roster?
CP: I’ve always been a staunch supporter of Carlos Zambrano, even when I know I probably shouldn’t be. He’s a big fat crazy idiot, and I see some of myself in that because I myself am a big fat crazy idiot.

P&I: The Cubs are wearing patches with the number 10 on them this season in honor of former Cub player/broadcaster, Ron Santo. What is your favorite memory of Santo?
CP: I was born too late to ever see Ronnie play, but on the radio he was a truly unique figure. There’s no doubt that he wasn’t the most polished broadcaster, but he was always entertaining. My favorite memory was of a game in 2008 against the Dodgers. The Cubs had built up a mostly comfortable lead before a series of soft hits brought L.A. back into the game. Ron had been growing more and more agitated with each Dodger run, and when the last bloop single hit the outfield grass, he just started shouting “WHY? WHY? WHY?” It’s become a go-to expression of anguish for my wife and I since then. Ron had a way of making every game the most important game of the year, which was emotionally exhausting at times as a fan, but you knew he was always sincere. And that’s more than you can say for a lot of broadcasters.

P&I: Would you rather be in attendance to see a regular season perfect game thrown at Wrigley or a playoff walk-off home run?
CP: Now, this question feels like a trick, because a regular season perfect game at Wrigley could technically be thrown by an opposing pitcher. I have a feeling that if I said “perfect game,” I would get to my seat and have to watch the Cubs get blown away by Wandy Rodriguez or something equally humiliating. The playoff game is more important anyway, so I’m going with the walkoff homer.

P&I: The Cubs marketing department comes to you, asking for ideas for a new slogan for the 2011 Cubs. List three or four ideas you would suggest.
CP: Yikes. Okay. I guess I would try to play up the youth factor of the team, with Castro/Colvin/Cashner/Barney/Wells etc., so let’s see…

“The future begins today.”

“Enjoy your Old Style, because legally these guys can’t.”

“Your 2011 Chicago Cubs: None of them were born before ‘Star Wars’ came out.”

P&I: What is your favorite Cubs game of all-time? Why?
CP:That’s a difficult one to answer – to me every win feels just as good as the next and every loss feels just as bad. I guess the one that sticks out most in my mind was one from 1992, the game against the Cards where Jim Bullinger homered in his very first major-league at-bat. It sticks out to me because it was such a bizarre, random occurrence – the kind of thing that only happens in baseball.

P&I: If you could change one thing about Wrigley what would it be? If you fought to keep one thing the same, what would it be?
CP: I’d really like to see the park modernized to a certain extent. I know that’s practically heresy to a lot of people, but when you understand just how outdated the players’ facilities are, you have to feel like they’re at something of a disadvantage. I want the Cubs to get clubhouses and training facilities as good or better than the best in the majors – because it can’t be easy to break a century-long drought when your home is practically as old. Obviously, I’d like Wrigley to maintain as much of its charm as possible, but the priority should be making the ballclub into a champion. As for what I want to keep the same, I want the Cubs to stay at Clark and Addison. Being in the middle of a neighborhood is what makes the ballpark unique in the majors, and I can’t imagine going to a Cubs game in the middle of a gigantic parking lot.

P&I: You’re assembling the greatest Cubs rotation in history. Who are the five pitchers you would select and why?
CP: Working backwards through time:

  1. Carlos Zambrano – He’s had a rough couple of years since 2008, but he averages about 8 strikeouts per 9 innings when he’s on his game.
  2. Greg Maddux – Not only is he one of the best pitchers of the last 30 years, but he supposedly has an uncanny ability to see how a game will progress – a valuable skill to have on the bench.
  3. Fergie Jenkins – Should be obvious; one of the most durable, most reliable pitchers ever.
  4. Grover Cleveland Alexander – He has a lifetime ERA of 2.56, and posted an ERA under 2.00 six seasons in a row.
  5. Mordecai Brown – A career WHIP just a hair above 1 at 1.066, and one of the most baffling deliveries in Cubs history thanks to his “unique” hand.

P&I: Sammy Sosa hasn’t worn a Cubs uniform in years. As a fan, what are your feelings regarding Sammy Sosa as of today? Are they different than they were when he was a Cub?
CP: I look at Sammy the way you would look at a crazy ex-girlfriend. You had a ton of fun while you were together, even though you knew in the back of your mind that something wasn’t right. Now that it’s over, you look back and realize you weren’t in the right frame of mind at the time.

P&I: Which season did you feel was actually going to be ‘the year’? One more than any other and why?
CP: I try not to get too excited at the start of any season, regardless of how good the team looks on paper. This helped me out immensely in 2009 as that whole thing crashed and burned. I’d have to say 2003 just felt differently, up until those last two terrible days. There were reasons to feel confident, even after Game 6 happened. You still had Kerry Wood pitching Game 7. There was no reason to panic, even though every fiber of your being as a Cubs fan was wracked with anxiety. But then, it all fell apart anyway. Oh well. O-blah-dee, o-blah-dah, and all that nonsense.

P&I: The Cubs have won the World Series. You are writing the headline for the next day. How would you have it read? Three or four examples would be great.
CP: “IT HAPPENED”

“HELL’S WEATHER: FROSTY”
“YOU’RE NOT DREAMING”

“W”

P&I: How do you plan on celebrating a Cubs World Series victory if we are lucky enough to have it happen in our life time.  What would you do?

CP: If I do see the Cubs win the World Series, it will certainly be one of the happiest moments of my life, but other than an immense feeling of relief it won’t really change anything. I’d celebrate by having a few drinks with my friends, taking my wife out to dinner, then probably hanging my “W” flag outside my house for the rest of the year. Then, once the next season starts, I’d roll it up and put it away until the next time they win the World Series.

Thanks Christopher…Go Cubs Go!