• Don Collins

Dear Mama #TBT (Day 7)

Hello everyone!

It’s Day 7, and that just so happens to fall on a Thursday. I think today is best suited for a Throwback Thursday post. And man, do I have something in mind. Welcome to Day 7 of the Anion Sports 25 Days of Christmas blog.

I want to start off by saying that anyone who is familiar with both my mom and I knows that this picture is our favorite to post.

Mother and Son

Oh, my goodness do we post it a lot. I think it has gotten to the point that two times a year, for both of our birthdays, this picture gets put up. For good reason, one: it is an oldie, but a goodie. This picture captures the relationship that we have almost perfectly. See that smile on my face? That smile is the result of knowing that this woman has sacrificed so much for me to facilitate my success and well-being. It’s kind of my life’s mission to make that smile on her face the result of becoming someone she can be proud of.

Wrigley Field

And that brings me to my next picture. That is pregame at Wrigley Field on Mother’s Day 2016. I must give credit where credit is due, that trip doesn’t happen without a little assistance from my dad, Byron Curry. But back to the story. So, this is Mother’s Day and honestly, what better gift from a sport loving son than to take his mother to the ball park on this special day (sometimes I wonder who really got a gift that day haha). Anyways, it was her first Cubs game so naturally, there was a bit of excitement around my family.

Boy, was it a day. Taking someone to their first game at Wrigley is typically a special thing. I was sweating bullets. I was so nervous that she was going to say, “I never want to go back again,” because the game took FIVE HOURS to finish (four hours, 54 minutes). A back and forth affair between the Cubs and the Nationals where Bryce Harper didn’t even see an official at-bat. He walked six times for those that didn’t watch it.

That brings me to this video. This is Javy Baez absolutely making her day. My mom, the greatest woman on the planet, waited patiently for a Cubs win and guess what? She was the good luck charm that day. They didn’t give up, they persevered and pulled through in the grandest fashion. Just like my mom. I’ve seen this woman work miracles for us. There have been times where normal people give up and throw in the towel. Not her. She has sacrificed so much of her time, energy, and effort for us. This day was no different. So, to Javier Baez, thank you so much for making this next moment happen.

Yes, this is my mom and I singing Go Cubs Go, at Wrigley Field, on Mother’s Day. This moment is one of those that we will cherish forever. Our first Cubs game was supposed to be Game 5 of the 2015 NLCS. Thanks Mom for believing me when I said, “go ahead and get those tickets, they won’t get swept…” That was just fate saying, you were meant to have a better moment.

The Cubs won it all that year, in one of the most incredible seasons of all time. My mom called it, we were in fact the last ones standing.That brings me to my next and most recent moment. This was this past Tuesday.

Just a couple of baseball fans here. One a Cubs fan, one an Indians fan. Both people who have learned an incredible amount from Bowling Green State University. Oh, that’s Jay Crawford by the way. He’s kind of famous. He did something that I will forever remember, and it is one of the kindest things any one has ever done for me and my family. He made my Mom’s day. It only took him 30 seconds instead of five hours, but who’s counting haha.

If you haven’t noticed by now, I can talk forever, but especially about my Mom. Mr. Baez, Mr. Crawford. BG, the Chicago Cubs. Thanks for helping me out. It means the world to us.

#Sports #ChicagoCubs #WrigleyField #JavyBaez #BGSU #JayCrawford #Mom #AnionSports

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