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Three of my favorite things in this world are cameos, covers, and Tom Petty.  Kenny Chesney hit that trifecta this past weekend, leading me to avow that that was the best concert I have ever been to.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, because the chenseypirateawesomeness really started 24 hours before the show.  Biggie and I went to the Cubs game on Friday afternoon and I mentioned beforehand how awesome it would be if Chesney was the “guest coductor” for the 7th inning stretch.  Turns out… he was!  Check.  Then, the guy sitting next to me who is convinced my name is Elsie (pretty much everyone out there thinks that’s my name…sweet) told us that Chesney’s tour bus was parked in Wrigleyville.  Biggie and I decided to make it our mission to find what bar Chesney was partying at after the game.

His bus was parked outside the Wild Hare.  A quick sweep of that bar, and no Chesney.  So despite out morals, we ventured into Sluggers, Cubby Bear, and Murphy’s.  No Chesney.  But I did take a picture of me with his tour bus and I opened the door to it but unfortunately Biggie stopped me from walking onto it.  Which is probably for the better, because I certainly didn’t want to spend Saturday night in the clink. 

It was spent instead, at Soldier Field!  There were a whole bunch of bands playing before him so we just tailgated in the parking lot until a little before Chesney went on.  The crowd provided some excellent people watching– it was definitely a diverse group, lots of young people.  Suburban. 

So we eventually made our way into the show.  From the moment Chesney chesneytook the stage (via a little chair lift thing that hovered above the crowd), he rocked all night.  He played all the jams, and it was super high energy and exciting.  Plus, from the seats we had, we were able to see Navy Pier’s weekly firework show during Chesney’s set. 

So, as to the cameo– Ryan Dempster came on during “Back Where I Come From.”  Legendary.  You could tell there were a lot of Sox fans in the stadium…  I think their inferiority complex was taken to a new level at that moment.

The covers– Chesney left before the encore for maybe 2 seconds.  He came back and played the Eagles “Take it Easy,” SMB’s “The Joker” (did not smell any pot the whole time during this show… go figure…) Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”!!!  Marley’s “Three Little Birds”  and Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good.”  I should note that a lot of the fans had no idea what these songs were, which was pretty weak. 

But all in all, it was an awesome show, an awesome Chesney filled weekend.  If you want to have as awesome time as I did, step one would be to start listening to some Chesney.  May I suggest: “When the Sun Goes Down” “Beer in Mexico” “I Go Back” “Young” “Back Where I Come From.” Just pick up “Kenny Chesney LIVE!” and you’ll have everything you need to be awesome on that CD.  Next up is Summerfest and I can’t wait to see him again.  If I were you I’d get your tickets ASAP.

(You’re welcome Nibbles).

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Quote of the Day: “Have no fear of perfection.  You’ll never reach it.” –Salvador Dali

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03.18.2009

My Hero


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Talk about legendary...

The Cubs recently announced they are going to retire jersey number 31, in honor of Greg Maddux and Fergie Jenkins.  I wasn’t around in the Fergie days, but I was around for Maddux phase one and phase two.  He’s my favorite baseball player of all time because all he did everyday was go out and play a game he loved, the way it was supposed to be played.  He never took his job for granted and was forever grateful for the opportunity to be a man playing a boy’s game, making a king’s ransom. 

 

I feel like those in my parent’s generation and beyond have many of these types of role models in their sporting history, but unfortunately my generation is running short on such role models.  I honestly can’t name a guy on the Cubs right now who exemplifies the class and talent that Maddux possessed. 

 

The money hungry, ghetto-ized NBA certainly lacks these types of individuals, and being a Bears fan, I surely don’t see any role models around Soldier Field.  Well, maybe Staley the mascot, I like him. 

 

Fans of baseball today should be honored to have seen Maddux pitch, even if it was well past his prime.  Maybe in these last few years he didn’t put up the numbers people would have liked, but having him around has had nothing but a positive impact on the game of baseball.  Teammates forever praise his work ethic and willingness to share his knowledge of the game. 

 

One of my favorite off the mound moments in Maddux history that I think sums up his classy, confident character the best:  As a member of the Cubs (round 2), he was asked by a reporter what he thought about a certain White Sox pitcher, ace Mark Buehrle, accusing Maddux of spitting on his fingers to finesse his pitches.  Maddux looked at the reporter in his typical calm, cool way and said “Who’s Mark Buehrle?”   

 

This season, Maddux will be missed every fifth day, but I’m sure he will be back in some capacity some day soon.  Maybe when Lou retires, he’ll be the Cubs manager… a girl can dream right??

 

The ceremony will be at Wrigley Field on Sunday May 3rd, Marlins v. Cubs.  See you there!

 

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Quote of the Day:  “Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion” –Jack Kerouac

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