Chicago Cubs: Meeting our newest staff writer, Ryan Tadych

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Hello Cubbies

Crib readers.  My name is Ryan Tadych and I am one of the newest writers for Cubbies Crib. I just wanted to take this moment to introduce myself and tell you a little about myself.

I graduated from Lewis University in May of 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in radio and TV broadcasting. My lifelong goal is to be a play-by-play broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs. I haven’t been able to find a broadcasting job yet, but I am thrilled at the opportunity to write for Cubbies Crib.

People often ask me what my greatest Cubs memory is and for me, that is not an easy answer. There are two significant events that happened in my life that could fall under that category.

The first happened in the fifth grade and that was when I got the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at Wrigley Field with my school choir. It was April 15, 2003 and I remember it like yesterday. In fact, the Cubs moved into first place that day with their 11-1 win over the Reds, and stayed in first place the rest of the season.
The second event – and definitely my greatest moment – was getting the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field, which I actually did not once, but twice.

How, you might ask?

I graduated from Saint Patrick High School on the northwest side of the city and one of our annual fundraisers was a Walk to Wrigley Field (It was about seven miles). The prize for raising the most money in the entire school was throwing out the first pitch and after missing in freshman and sophomore year, I finally got the opportunity to in junior year and senior year. It literally was a dream come true.

Some other things about me: In high school, I was a part of theatre and acted in six different plays, with my favorite being West Side Story. I hosted my own radio show called the Totally Tadych Show in college and I also run my own Facebook weather site (www.facebook.com/tadychsphere).

The Totally Tadych Show started as an all-sports talk show at 6 a.m. Monday mornings but eventually evolved into an all-around variety show with a lot of friends a part of it as well, and it moved to Monday evenings at 9 p.m., a much more formidable time slot.

I never actually played sports in school (I did some park district sports when I was kid and was a part of a sports camp) but am well-versed in a lot of sports, but baseball will always be my favorite.

I live and breathe baseball and the Chicago Cubs.

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