Monday, August 16, 2010

Friendly Encounters

This is a weekly feature highlighting friends who have met celebs.

When we last saw Jim Forsell here, he was sitting in the Wrigley Field dugout. Today, he is featured on Waveland Avenue, near Wrigley Field, but more on that in a minute.
The cubs are woefully out of the playoff race. Aside from the regular yearly angst this causes Jim (and all of us Cubs fans), this will also force Jim to live up to his bet with Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register-Star. Jim laid down the gauntlet and now he will have to kneel down as he pushes a baseball with his nose across the State Street bridge in Rockford.
Back to Jim's Friendly Encounter with a Cub...Jim had just enjoyed a thrilling 1-0 Cubs victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. While walking down Waveland, Jim saw this Cub and asked him if he read Johngy's Beat.
The Cub replied, "I don't even take a sip of my coffee, with cream and honey, without first reading Johngy's Beat."
I appreciate Jim sharing this story and picture. More than that, I appreciate the spirit of it all. Jim saw a Friendly Encounter opportunity and he took it! That's really what I like. I hope more people follow Jim's lead.
Jim Forsell and a (Chicago) Cub in Chicago, IL-May 2010.

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