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Family's kids all owe their names to the old ballpark [Cubs - Wrigley Field]
Chicago Sun-Times ^
| October 12, 2003
| JANET RAUSA FULLER, Sun-Times
Posted on 10/14/2003 11:18:30 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
It all started -- where else? -- at Clark and Addison.
On their first date in 1981, lifelong Cubs fans Julie and Ralph Dynek of Northfield went to a Cubs game. They gave up their tickets on Sept. 1, 1985, to make it to their wedding. A few years later, they had their first child, whom they already had decided would be named Addison Clark.
"We loved the sound of it, like cookies and milk," said Julie Dynek, 42, a cooking instructor. They tweaked the name to Addison Buck because their son was born on his grandfather's birthday.
But the ball already was rolling.
When the Dyneks' second son was born, both sets of grandparents suggested Clark. "It was really just going to be the first kid, and then it just kind of got out of control," Julie said.
They named third son Sheffield.
The fourth child, a girl, was easy. The Dyneks had a special place in their hearts for a convent on Grace Street behind Wrigley Field where they used to park before games. "We'd park the car and say a prayer, not for the Cubs to win, just so it wouldn't rain," Julie said.
Because the couple thought this would be their last child, they rounded out her name to Grace Waveland.
But then came the fifth. "We were like, 'Oh my God, we're out of streets,' " Julie said. Players' names were out of the question, she said, because "it's really all about Wrigley and the magic Wrigley brings to people."
"I thought we'd name the child Seminary," said Ralph, a trader at the Board of Trade. "But you can't really name a child Seminary, can you?"
Ralph's other suggestion was a reference to the Cubs' losing streak that season. "They lost like their first 17 games," he said, "so we were going to name it Owen, as in 0-12, 0-13."
But out came a girl, and the couple settled on Ivy Marie Wrigley.
The kids, now ages 6 to 15, have been to plenty of Cubs games. They visit their street signs whenever the family is in the city. But the Dyneks have given up their season tickets because their schedules are too busy. The kids all play baseball, naturally.
They've never gotten much grief for their names at school. In fact, their status among friends rises with every Cubs victory. "During lunch, they're, like, asking for my autograph," said Sheffield, 11, who goes by Sheff. "One kid offered to be my press manager," said Addison, 15, a freshman at New Trier High School.
The Dyneks don't plan on having more kids. But they haven't stopped rooting for their favorite team. The family, minus the girls, was in the stands at Wrigley for two games against the Atlanta Braves.
Their consensus is that the Cubs will win the World Series. "I'm getting more gray hair from this than from any of the kids," Julie said.
TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: cubs; fans; parents
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posted on 10/14/2003 11:19:36 PM PDT
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posted on 10/14/2003 11:19:36 PM PDT
by Bradís Gramma
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To: Squantos; T'wit; Dog; WRhine
Check this out. I actually know the grandfather (referenced in the story) of these kids. He was a student of my father-in-law's while in high school.
Thinking of you........
To: Lady Composer
Check your FReep-mail!
A few more suggestions...
Jack Brickhouse Dynek.
Lou Boudreau Dynek.
Waverly Avenue Bleachers Dynek.
Harry Caray Holy Cow Everyone Sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame Seventh Inning Stretch Dynek.
The last time the Cubs were in the World Series was the year we bombed Hiroshima Dynek.
posted on 10/15/2003 2:31:44 AM PDT
My grandson is named after Ryne Sandberg. My son-in-law is from the area, and a major Cubs fan, which makes the marriage to my Cardinal-fan-daughter quite entertaining at times.
posted on 10/15/2003 2:36:55 AM PDT
Check your FReepmail!
I especially like the part about using Owen (as in O and 12...).
Heh heh - I'll bet. Just be thankful your son-in-law isn't a Yankees fan and your daughter isn't a Red Sox fan ;-).
I'm a Mets fan, and my daughter is named Shea.
posted on 10/15/2003 6:42:48 AM PDT
(I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
These people should be arrested for child abuse.
posted on 10/15/2003 6:46:59 AM PDT
( New Mexico and Arizona were Indian territories the last time the chubbies won the WS)
This ain't nuthin'. I know of a girl who was named Krystal Klir. (Say it out loud to get the effect.) For real. I went to see a local musical theater production of "The Sound of Music" in the Chicago western suburbs in the 1970's, and saw the character of Gretl being played by this girl. Later on, when I went to college, I met somebody who'd gone to school with this girl, so I had it verified that it was for real, not some stage name.
To: Charles Henrickson; Chi-townChief; Davea; Allegra; ThreePuttinDude; Kozak; JustPiper; ...
Ping for a Cubs-related story.
On a humorous note, I have a son named Sam (born before Sosa was a cub, but it was a premonition-yuk, yuk).
On a much more serious note, it's hard to take all of this as seriously as I might normally given the import of the Terri Schiavo situation.
She'll be starving for six hours by the time the game starts. I think God's trying to buy all of us a clue about perspective.
Right on. Generally, what other people don't understand about Cubs fans is the "eternal optimist" in all of us.
This is such a cute story ;) I love the name Addison for a girl! Why not Clark?
posted on 10/15/2003 8:13:39 AM PDT
(18 out of 19 HiJacker's had State issued Driver's License's !!!)
posted on 10/15/2003 8:21:21 AM PDT
I'm a Houston Astros fan (with a special place in my heart for the Cubs.)
In honor of the Astros, I guess I'd have to name my kid "Choke."
posted on 10/15/2003 12:11:41 PM PDT
(There is no tagline within 100 miles of here! -Baghdad Bob)
To: Prince Charles
Thinking of you....... I thought you could use a good laugh right about now.
Thanks... it is appreciated. :-)
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