Szcz The Day: The Matthew Szczur Foundation Launches

“You can only do so much in baseball—throw the ball so far, hit the ball so hard. To be able to make a difference in not only your life, but in someone else’s life and the family’s, is huge, and that’s my greatest accomplishment so far.” -Matt Szczur When “Szcz the Day” first came into […]

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A Farewell to Chicago, Hello San Diego

I heard stories after the Cubs won the World Series. Stories before we even left Chicago for the off-season. Magical stories of families, friends, complete strangers coming together to celebrate the biggest game in Cubs history since 1908. One story really hit home for me. Reporters interviewed a man, perhaps in his early 40’s, who […]

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Renegades

“Maybe you should have picked another song,” I said to him. We were in our living room on North Halsted Street, surrounded by the glass walls comfortably sheltering us on the corner of the eleventh floor. We just finished dinner—two takeout boxes of grilled walnut-crusted salmon, roasted fingerling potatoes and steamed asparagus Matt packaged from […]

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From Us to You, Thank You, Thank You

They remind me in so many ways of each other. I often wonder how two little girls on two opposite sides of the world have so much in common. I stop myself most of the time, because like both of them, their stories are special and in no need of an explanation. They are almost […]

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The Tour of Champions

I awoke from an easy slumber when I heard the pilot come over the intercom and announce the possibility of snow upon touchdown. My second time witnessing snow this season, and fitting it being back in Chicago. I wanted it to hold off at least until we landed. There’s something about seeing the city glow […]

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Fig Tree

It was beautiful at Wrigley Field this past Sunday. With the Cubs coming down off the high of winning the National League Central Division, the sun shining down casting streams of light across the outfield bleachers seemed appropriate. A warm, light breeze swayed the flags above the centerfield scoreboard ever so gently. The scent of […]

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WAGs in Real Life

The rain kept up most of the night. I sat by the window in my hotel room on the 14th floor looking out at the mountains and the bolts of lightning erupting in the distance against the black night sky, slowly fading away further and further until they disappeared behind the shelter of the boulders. […]

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The Beauty of the Journey

Growing up the only girl and also the middle child stuck between two older and two younger brothers, I always felt a sense of responsibility for my siblings—not so much the older ones because their jobs were to look out for me. But for Joey and Trevor, it was my job to look out for […]

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Tap the Rock

We watched the fireworks outside from our balcony last night. They lit up the night sky in bursts of neon colors. We sat in comfortable silence, and as we looked on, I imagined what it was like to be there in person, hearing the crack of the flame sound off against the darkness. Chicago finally […]

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The Relentless Pursuit

He can hear the wailing of the horn again, but he can’t seem to tell if he’s awake or asleep, stuck somewhere between his dreams and reality. The constant blaring in the distance finally startles him awake. He rubs his bloodshot eyes and lifts his head from his crossed arms where it rested moments before […]

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You’re Still Worth It

The warm breeze crept through the ajar glass door off the balcony and filled the apartment with sweet, salty air. Outside, dusk was falling quickly upon the water, casting soft shades of burnt oranges and pinks on the ocean’s surface. Purple waves rippled gently against the bright colors, even though the sun was setting in […]

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“Szczing The Day” By Saving Lives

We arrived at Overbrook Golf Club a little after four in the afternoon yesterday. The air was crisp and cool when I stepped out of the car. Wind whistled through the trees and blankets of snow covered the ground except for a carved out walkway leading up to the main entrance. It was a winter […]

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Szczur Brings Important Message to Local Schools

   “Life is all about finding your purpose,” said Matt Szczur, Cape May County native and current outfielder with the Chicago Cubs. “You have to set goals for yourself. Set one goal you want to accomplish each day and do it.” Szczur surprised fifth grade students today at both Margaret Mace Elementary and Cape Trinity […]

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Halfway to Heaven

Keep going. Each step may get harder, but don’t stop. The view at the top is beautiful.

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The One-Year Engagement

  One year ago today, the streets of New York City glimmered with magic. Hints of the passing rain fall painted the streets in a shimmering golden layer as dusk quickly approached and the sun began to sink in between the skyscrapers of Times Square. We walked hand-in-hand down the bustling streets of the city […]

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