Ryne Sandberg My Niece’s Favorite Player
The “Ryno” Ryne Sandberg played second baseman for the Chicago Cubs. I painted this sports art for my niece as a wedding present. My sister lived in Chicago for a number of years and, as I remember, she went to graduate school there also. She is a big fan of the Chicago Cubs and when her first daughter was born she named her Ryne after Ryne Sandberg. Although they eventually moved away from the Chicago area they continued to be fans of Chicago. Knowing that I am a sports artist, my niece asked for a Chicago Cubs painting. So I have surprised her with this baseball painting.
Ryne Sandberg Major Accomplishments
Ryne Sandberg was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2005; he was formally inducted in ceremonies on July 31, 2005. He was a perennial All-Star and Gold Glove candidate, making 10 consecutive All-Star appearances and winning nine consecutive Gold Gloves from 1983 to 1991. His career .989 fielding percentage is a major-league record at second base
Quotes from Ryne Sandberg
In his July 31, 2005, Cooperstown, NY Baseball Hall of Fame speech he said, “The reason I am here, they tell me, is that I played the game a certain way, that I played the game the way it was supposed to be played. I don’t know about that, but I do know this: I had too much respect for the game to play it any other way, and if there was there is a single reason I am here today, it is because of one word, “respect.”¹ I love to play baseball. I’m a baseball player. I’ve always been a baseball player. I’m still a baseball player. That’s who I am.”
One of my favorite quotes from Ryne Sandberg is because it has more meaning in to life and not just baseball. He said, “In baseball, there’s always the next day.” There is always the next day to move on with your life. Don’t let the past haunt and weigh you down. I like that thought.
The John Robertson Sports Art painting is 48″ by 63″ acrylic on unstretched canvas.