Chicago Cubs: An”Amazing” legacy for Gracie
Though we see another fan favorite Cub in Kris Bryant donning the #17 nowadays, it’s hard for Cubs fans to see that and not be reminded of the memories and footprints left behind by Mark Grace. For fans who were able to watch Grace play, he was a joy to watch and will always be cherished by a nation of Cubs fans.
He was one of the greatest ballplayers of the 1990s. He joins Pete Rose as the only two players in Major League Baseball history to lead a decade in hits and not be in the Hall of Fame.
Grace eventually found another career post-baseball as a broadcaster for the Diamondbacks. In 2006, during a doubleheader at Wrigley against Arizona, Grace led the screaming Cubs fans in the singing of the seventh inning stretch.
He was welcomed back with open arms and tremendous ovations with a plethora of “I love you, Gracie!” being shouted every few minutes. During that brief moment, his swan song, if you will, Mark Grace was a Cub again.
In 2007, after years of purgatory since leaving the franchise, Grace attended the annual Cubs Convention, telling fans that, “It’s really great to come home.”