Ernie is here!
In your recollection, what's one of your favorite moments as a Cub?
The first day I played there.
What was it like playing at Wrigley Field compared to other ballparks?
It was wonderful playing at Wigley Field. I played all day games. It was wonderful.
Ernie, how rewarding is it for you to be involved in this Cubs kids program to help the city's youth?
This is really wonderful. I really enjoy working with the kids.
What was it like playing in Wrigley, and did you ever play with Jackie Robinson or Willie Mays, or even Josh Gibson in possible barnstorming games?
It was remarkable playing baseball at that time. Those were great human beings with a lot of wisdom.
Al Kaline. Stan Musial too.
Ted Williams. Joe DiMaggio. Willie Mays. Hank Aaron. It was great.
You started your career a young SS in the league and know how tough a position it can be to play. How would you coach/counsel Starlin Castro about his approach both in the field and at the plate? He still has lapses in focus in the field and commits way too many errors, what can he do (slow down, etc.)? And at the plate, he simply refuses to take pitches to increase is ability to get on base. What would you tell him about his pitch selection and approach to improve OBP without hurting is aggressiveness? Thanks.
Just stay alert. Stay in the game. Stay alert and stay in the game. Your mind can get off the game. You have to stay connected to the game. Any one thing can break your concentration.
What is your take about the current unrest involving the stadium situation. What do you believe will happen
I don't think they'll move out of Wrigley.
With all of the attention recently regarding Jackie Robinson, did you experience a lot of racism throughout your career?
I had a situation happen to me in Mobile, Alabama and another one in St. Louis.
Mr. Cub, what are your thoughts on the planned renovations at Wrigley? Would you like to see some upgrades to the park?
Yes it does need some upgrades. It will be 100 years old next year. So yes it does.
Hey Ernie are you a fan of Chicago Pizza? If so which is your favorite place to grab a slice?
I know guys who own deep dish pizza places, but I'm not a big fan.
What was/is your favorite ballpark you played in (Wrigley aside)?
"I left my heart in San Francisco..."
Hey Ernie long time Cubs fan here. What do you think the biggest difference is about today playing at Wrigley Field as compared to when you started in 1953?
The biggest difference? There's no difference to me.
Hey Ernie what was it like when you were in last place. Was there any pressure to perform?
I still said let's play two. That's why I wanted to play two.
Do you remember your first at-bat in the major leagues?
Yes. A fly ball to Richie Ashburn in center field.
what kind of message do you try to give the kids?
That's a good question. I just want them to get into STEM productions - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
What do you think of the cubs prospects currently on the big league team and also on the prospects in the minors?
The team they're developing is really good. They have some good pitching and timely hitting. We could surprise some people this year.
how much has the city changed?
Oh wow...it's changed a lot. It's different, since I've gotten older. It's different.
Ernie,Thanks for all the memories. Who is the player in the majors today who plays the most like you did?
I don't think there is a similar player.
Hey Ernie, do you ever wish you had given another franchise a chance and potentially put yourself in a better position to go after a world series title?
Do you think that the Wrigleyville neighborhood could survive without the Cubs?
I think that's bad. I would not like to see them move.
Do you remember seeing people on the rooftops during your playing days?
No I did not see any.
How do you feel about the White Sox?
I was a fan of the White Sox. I was a fan of them. I followed them when they went to the World Series in 2005.
Thank you for the questions. I really enjoyed it. I look forward to seeing you all at Wrigley Field when the Cubs play in the World Series....this year!