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Spring is on its way, and slowly but surely the weather is beginning to act like it. If you’re a snowbird flocking home from sunnier skies, or if you’ve braved the elements here with us, the chance to get out and be active here at home will be a welcome change of pace. Soon, the tennis courts will open again, softball practices will start, and the Cubs will be warming up for what looks to be a promising season! I always feel lucky to be able to work with so many sports- savvy individuals. So many of our patients and staff are engaged in athletics in one way or another, we’re really fortunate to be part of such an active community. It’s always fun to swap stories, trade advice, and talk about our favorite teams.
Whether you root for the Cubs or the White Sox, you can appreciate how much baseball holds the wider Chicago community together. As I’m sure our out-of-state readers have figured out, it’s impossible to live within a hundred miles of the city and not pick up some passing familiarity with both storied teams. That’s because baseball is a core part of growing up here. One of my most vivid memories as a kid was watching the 1984 playoffs against the Padres. I was young, but I remember hooting and hollering along with my parents when Leon Durham smashed that two-run homer in the first. Jody Davis’ follow- up home run in the second practically had me dancing in front of the TV. That’s when I
in MLB history to come back from a 0-2 deficit in the playoffs. Over the years, plenty of similar disappointments and upsets cropped up. As I grew older and a little more cynical, I’m sad to say I gave up on the Cubs for a while. Thankfully, the team’s enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. The 2016 World Series win was the result of a lot of hard work. In many ways it felt like the team was rehabilitated, a process that it now seems the White Sox are going through as well. That’s why I find spring exhibition games so interesting, even if I can’t watch them directly. It’s a chance to see teams stretch their muscles and work out the kinks acquired over the winter. It can be a great indication of how the rest of the season is going to go. So as the weather warms up, remember to put yourself through your own spring training regimen. Stretching is always important, especially shoulder stretches for our many softball and tennis players out there! Take things slow at first, and let us know if you experience any pain or discomfort. Other than that, have a great spring! Go Cubs (and White Sox, too, I suppose). –Mike Ulmer
“THAT’S WHEN I LEARNED THE GRIM TRUTH OF BEING A CUBS FAN: NO MATTER HOW GOOD THINGS LOOK AT THE START OF A GAME, DEFEAT CAN ALWAYS BE SNATCHED FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY. ”
This is especially true when spring training rolls around for Major League Baseball. My business hours can’t really afford me the time to watch these early games myself. Thankfully, I’ve got more than a few patients who share my love for the Cubs. Many are more than happy to give me the play- by-play of these early exhibition games during a visit.
learned the grim truth of being a Cubs fan: No matter how good things look at the start of a game, defeat can always be snatched from the jaws of victory. Longtime fans probably winced as soon as they read the words “1984 playoffs.” To make a long and painful story short, the Padres became one of few teams
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