How do you spell it, anyway?

The other day, I wrote a post referencing the start of the eight-day celebration that is observed by those of the Jewish faith. It was suggested to me that my spelling of the holiday–Hanukka–was incorrect. Since the word is a phonetic spelling of a word that doesn’t come from English (and what word does, really?),Continue reading “How do you spell it, anyway?”

Hanu-Cubs, Night 8

Tonight’s festivities begin, as always, with Steve Goodman. The song is a repeat from a previous evening, but it’s a different version (played in front of a live audience, apparently) and the accompanying slide show is clearly someone’s labor of love. That’s good enough for me. Reading from right to left, and in the orderContinue reading “Hanu-Cubs, Night 8”

Hanu-Cubs, Night 7

Once again, we begin with the music of Steve Goodman. This one isn’t Cubs-related, but I like it anyway. And there’s a picture about 40 seconds in with him wearing a Cubs jacket and a cap. Close enough. The lineup so far–reading from right to left in the picture above–is Dave Roberts, Sam Fuld, KenContinue reading “Hanu-Cubs, Night 7”

Hanu-Cubs, Night 6

We begin, as always, with the music of Steve Goodman. This is actually a remembrance piece about him, but it’s still worth a watch: The rotation so far (and with so many pitchers, that word seems appropriate) has been Dave Roberts, Sam Fuld (the only non-pitcher), Ken Holtzman, Jason Marquis, and Steve Stone. The onlyContinue reading “Hanu-Cubs, Night 6”

Hanu-Cubs, Night 5

We begin, as always, with Steve Goodman’s music. Every Cubs fan needs to know about this song: The first night was devoted to Dave Roberts, the second night to Sam Fuld, the third night to Ken Holtzman, and last night was for Jason Marquis. Tonight the candlelight shines on another pitcher, Steve Stone. Stoney, asContinue reading “Hanu-Cubs, Night 5”

Hanu-Cubs, Night 4

As with the previous nights of this festival of Jewish Cubs players, we begin with the music of Steve Goodman. For more about this song, and Steve Goodman generally, click here. The profile of Dave Roberts is here. Sam Fuld is here, and Ken Holtzman is here. Tonight’s post will focus on the winningest activeContinue reading “Hanu-Cubs, Night 4”

Hanu-Cubs, Night 2

As with last night, and every night during this festival of Jewish Cubs players, the shamash is the vocal stylings of the late Steve Goodman (with some help from others this time): Last night’s honoree, the late Dave Roberts, is profiled here. Tonight I’ll be discussing Sam Fuld, who was drafted by the Cubs andContinue reading “Hanu-Cubs, Night 2”

Hanu-Cubs, Night 1

Hanukah begins tonight, and I wanted to put my collection of Cubs baseball cards to work to commemorate the season. In order to do this, I have brought out a ceramic┬ámenorah that was purchased at a garage sale many years ago. If I was actually Jewish, I’d probably have a better one to use forContinue reading “Hanu-Cubs, Night 1”