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 Golden State of Mind

I stood on a blanket of grainy sand on the edge of a cliff before a vast gray horizon and slowly shut my eyes. For the first time in three weeks, the world stood still. The salty breeze caressed my cheeks and brushed through my hair until it covered my face. I didn’t care to […]

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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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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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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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