In Search of the Cubs

Yesterday, Mary Beth and I travelled to Watertown to do some cross border Christmas shopping.  The line-.up at the border was minimal and we got through in record time. We arrived in Watertown a short time later.  Our first stop was Kohl’s.  Mary Beth loves that store.  There’s some great deals there.  We love shopping there.  Like I said before, there’s great deals, but we spend time together maybe go to TGI Fridays for lunch.  Yesterday was different.  Our little guy Darcy was back home with his Aunt and Uncle because we haven’t gotten his passport yet.  We needed the break anyways, but yeah, we missed him.

All right,another reason why I love shopping in the States is they have things that we don’t have back home.  I’m sure it’s vice versa too.  In Canada baseball is almost non existent except for the Blue Jays.  If you want hockey–it’s everywhere.  Now, I love the Ottawa Senators, but I think it’s the searching for Cubs gear and the quest for Wrigley Field that drives me.

That euphoric feeling when we unearth that rare Cubs item tucked away at some discount store in the shopping district of Watertown.  Yesterday, we found a wooden pinball game.  I didn’t buy it as Dirty Harry would say,”A man’s got to know his limitations.”  Yeah, I guess it has more to do with catching a 20 pound Pike and releasing it so someone else can share in the experience.

I wish that MLB wasn’t territorial with the teams.  I understand why, but I would love to just go and get Cubs garland for the Christmas tree just like Yankee fans can do every year.  So when Darcy starts talking and one Christmas he lays out his Nutcracker beside the tree and it has a paper Cubs logo taped on top of a New York Yankees logo(the pinstripes are similar) and he looks up at me and says,”Why Daddy, why?”  I’ll put my hand on his shoulder and say, “That’s all they had Darcy, that’s all they had.”

–Mark Gauthier



  1. ronlang44 · November 23, 2010

    I feel ya! I live in Cardinals territory and it’s hard finding anything for the Cubs. I have had good luck shopping online from Wrigleysports and a few other sites though. I did pick up a nice Cubs jersey for my son in central Illinois this year though, at walmart of all places. Anytime we travel north and are in Cubs territory I buy whatever I can.



  2. kaiserthegreat · November 24, 2010

    Online is your friend.


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