The Sox have Hawk Harrelson and the Cubs had Ron Santo and to be honest I expected both of them to die from heart attacks during a bad game for their respective teams. A broadcaster for a baseball fan is almost like family. I've been listening to Hawk since I was a kid and I know if he passed away I'd be pretty sad.
Now as a White Sox fan I'm required to hate all things related to the Cubs. They suck now. They have always sucked. They always will suck. Fuck the Cubs. Howver, unlike that drunken idiot Harry Caray, I actually liked Ron Santo. He genuinely seemed like a good person and was always passionate about his (awful) Cubbies which any baseball fan can respect. My condolences to the Santo family.
Last night I was listening to some sports talk radio and they were talking about whether it was right to hold a public funeral and then have a funeral procession through the city en route to Wrigley Field with thousands of Cubs fans watching from the streets. The thinking behind this criticism is that funerals should be a private thing and friends and families should be allowed to grieve in peace.
I personally like the idea of the funeral procession. It's very old school. The car has ruined the modern day funeral procession, they go too fast. It's really just a drive from the church to the graveyard. While it is cool that you get to run red lights all the ritual is lost. When I go, I want to have a funeral procession down Halsted Street with my coffin being transported by a horse and carriage. Some great jazz musicians in tow playing their hearts out old school New Orleans style with women tearing their clothes and cursing God for taking such a wonderful lover from this earth as my coffin passes them by.
Something like this but in Chicago:
What kind of funeral do you want? Private or public? A spectacle or something more somber?
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