Cubs Unveil Statue, See Error of They're Ways

Team immortalizes Banks; fans take up proofreading
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2008 6:00 PM CDT
Cubs Unveil Statue, See Error of They're Ways
Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame baseball player Ernie Banks poses in front of his newly unveiled statue in front of Wrigley Field during ceremonies in Chicago, Monday, March 31, 2008.    (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich didn't even have to ask: A Cubs representative greeted her with "We're going to fix it. That's all I can say." And sure enough, less than 24 hours after the unveiling of a statue honoring legendary infielder Ernie Banks, the legend on its base is as impeccable as Mr. Cub's fielding: LET'S PLAY TWO, complete with apostrophe.

Score the statue as a hit and the original inscription as an error. "It's easy to mock the missing apostrophe, but let us show some mercy," writes Schmich. "We've all been there." And as the team prepared for the 100th anniversary of its most recent World Series victory, its supporters are philosophical about typos. One fan shrugged and said, "That's the Cubs for you." (Read more baseball stories.)

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