Friday, December 03, 2010

"The Cubs have lost their biggest fan"

Ron Santo

Gonna miss ya, Ron. Thank you for your heart and steadfast dedication to the Cubs - loyalty is a quality to be cherished and honored in such a fickle time, and you exemplified that quality very well. A Hall-of-Famer through and through. Say "Hi" to Harry for us, OK?

Legendary Chicago Cubs player and broadcaster Ron Santo died Thursday night in Arizona. He was 70.

Friends of Santo's family said the North Side icon lapsed into a coma on Wednesday before dying Thursday. Santo died of complications from bladder cancer, WGN-AM 720 reported.

"He absolutely loved the Cubs," said Santo's broadcast partner, Pat Hughes. "The Cubs have lost their biggest fan."

Hughes noted that with all the medical problems Santo had--including diabetes with resulting leg amputations, heart disease and bladder cancer--"he never complained. He wanted to have fun. He wanted to talk baseball."

"He considered going to games therapeutic. He enjoyed himself in the booth right to the end."

And it showed.

Rest in peace, and when the Cubs finally win it all - I know you will be there.