December 10, 2010
Santo's wake was attended by people like New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Cubs superfan Ronnie "Woo Woo" Wickers (right) and hundreds of people who lined up along State Street to pay their respects.
Turns out one fan was so distraught that he felt the need to leave a permanent mark of remembrance on a local train station.
Ron Brakes, of Wheeling, told police he was upset after attending Santo's wake and was "trying to do a good thing" when he defaced the Red Line's Grand Avenue stop with a Sharpie.
"Good! Buy! Ron Santo! Cubs Best Cub Thirt-Baseman Forever Love Always God,'' Brakes, 48, scribbled on the platform wall, according to a police report.
Brakes was charged with criminal defacement of property and possession of a marker with intent to deface.
Well, I guess we all have different ways of showing our grief. Mr. Brakes' way was to plaster a wall with a misspelled tribute in an area of town where the cops really don't have much better to do.