My name is Kenny Dziukala 23 years old; I am a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh studying Radio-TV-Film with aspirations of being a sports play-by-play or color man for either baseball, football or basketball. Baseball has always been number one for me and whether I liked it or not I was going to be a Cubs fan. In middle and high school I used to sneak a radio into class and pretend to sleep while listening to the games at the absolute lowest volumes. I also balled my eyes out after the ’03, ’07 and ’08 seasons (threw my cubs stuff in the garbage after ’08 but pulled it out the next day). No other team makes me madder or happier than the Cubs, which is how I know they are my passion. Going to games with my grandma are my first Cub memories, my grandpa Cal the biggest Cubs fan of them all passed away before I really had a chance for him to teach me what it means to love the Cubs but I think he would be real proud of how me and Tom have continued the family Cub love.
I’m Tommy Cook, I’m 21 years old, and I’m currently a junior studying Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Baseball has been a huge part of my life since the spring of 1998, when I first played tee ball. Sammy’s chase of 61 homers and a family chock full of die-hard Cubs fans pushed me towards the Cubs and I never left them. I still get teased regularly by my family over how hard I took the 2003 playoffs, and thinking of the Cubs rotation of the early 2000’s still pains me deeply.
I wasn’t athletically gifted like my cousin Kenny, who was fortunate enough to play college ball, but I absolutely lived for baseball when I played. I have never been able to find something that felt so right as standing on top of the mound. In the years since, I have consumed all baseball podcasts, books, and websites I can get my hands on. I have a pretty stat-focused view of the major league game, but BP and other sites have helped feed my latest curiosity – baseball scouting. I absolutely cannot wait to head out to the minor league ballparks this season.