Some people have really gone overboard in mourning the death of Cubs great Ron Santo. Take this guy for example. If you're going to vandalize a CTA platform wall, at least spell everything correctly for crying out loud.
"Good! Buy! Ron Santo!"
Ugh. The copy editor squirms.
In a grander sense, I find myself wondering why John Q. Public shows up at funerals for people like Ron Santo. I mean, you might be a Cubs fan and you might have listened to Santo on the radio for years, but you didn't know the guy personally. So, why go to his funeral?
Whenever long-time Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson kicks the bucket, I guarantee you I won't be attending his funeral, nor will I be lining the streets to watch a funeral procession. I've listed to Harrelson broadcast hundreds of games in my lifetime, but I don't know the guy. So, I won't go to his funeral when he dies.
Maybe this is just a jaded sportswriter thing. I don't know. But I have a hard time understanding why people show up at funerals for famous ex-jocks.