I have been a diehard Cubs’ fan for over 32 years. Here is a list of my all-time favorite Cubs.
In no particular order, I have broken my favorites down by position. Former Cub Greats like Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, and Ron Santo are NOT listed since I never had the opportunity to see them play. However, obviously, they are the best.
In the OUTFIELD, my favorites include ANDRE DAWSON. Andre Dawson is a Hall of Famer and his numbers speak for themselves.
on the other hand, lost favor with me when I, along with the rest of the world, discovered that he used a corked bat while hitting 66 homeruns in 1998. Sammy was exciting to watch, but with the steroid scandal, he became a major disappointment. I was at Wrigley all summmer long in 1998 and was a witness to history, unfortunately it was all smoke and mirrors for the fans. Another favorite has been Gary Matthews. “Sarge” always took charge in the outfield and played hard-nosed baseball. He was an all-out effort kind of player. My third favorite outfielder, in my time, is BOB DERNIER.
He was a speedster that not only stole bases, but had a gold glove as well.
At THIRD BASE, the Cubs haven’t had anybody that has stood out until Aramis Ramirez came along.
Although he struggled with injuries last season, he has been a solid performer over the past few years with the Cubs. Hopefully next season, he will return to form.
At SHORTSTOP, my favorite was Ivan DeJesus.
He was the lead-off hitter back when I began watching the Cubs. He played solid defense and stole bases. He always gave 100%.
At SECOND BASE, there is only one RYNE SANDBERG.
A Hall of Famer, Ryno was simply the best. He was the most clutch hitter that I’ve ever seen.
At FIRST BASE, while most fans would arguably pick Mark Grace and rightfully so, my pick is BILL BUCKNER. Back in the day, Buckner was a hitting machine. In my opinion, he was a better hitter than Gracie. He was a pretty good defensive player as well. It is unfortunate that fans only remember the ball that went through his legs at Boston.
The same could be said for Leon Durham in 1984. Derek Lee deserves special recognition. I almost picked him and probably should have. He is probably the best first baseman the Cubs have had in my 32 years as a fan, I just was a big fan of Buckner, that’s all.
At CATCHER, my favorite was JODY DAVIS.
He was awesome.
Back in 1984, the Cubs had a good team up and down the line-up. It was probably my favorite team as a whole.
STARTING PITCHER is none other than Greg Maddux.
He is the king of the hill.
My favorite CLOSER was BRUCE SUTTER. He had a split-fingered fast ball that was lights out. Carlos Marmol recently broke his strikeout record for closers.
Some of my other favorites include, most notably, JOE GIRARDI, LEE SMITH, DENNIS ECKERSLY, Kenny Lofton, FERGUSON JENKINS, MARK GRACE, Sammy Sosa, Kerry Wood, RICK SUTCLIFFE, LEON DURHAM, KEITH MORELAND, Derek Lee, DAVE KINGMAN, SHAWON DUNSTON, Carlos Zambrano, Alfonso Soriano, and Carlos Marmol. My FAVORITE CUBS’ TEAM was 1984.
It was a season to remember!