Love Letters From Pronk is an ongoing series where Pronk shares his love for somebody connected to the Cubs. Sometimes funny, sometimes weird, Pronk likes to make 100% sure people know that they are loved, and best expresses that through gushing letters. Today's pick: Cubs Reliever Andrew Chafin
Andrew Chafin is a relative newcomer to the Cubs. But he's quickly in our hearts with his endearing spirit. And epic mustache.
"The Sherriff" seems like a plenty fun guy. Whether it's poking jokes at his weight, having fun with memes, or seeking car referrals, Chafin has quickly won a lot of us Cubs fans over.
But there is more to Chafin than just the quirks. During the pandemic, did he just sit around drinking beer? Possibly. But you know what else he did? After a tornado in Richville Park caused a bunch of damage, he pulled out his own personal backloader and cleaned up a park so that kids could play.
Andrew is a good dude, and a solid pitcher. He has earned a love letter.
I'm glad to have you in Chicago as a part of the Cubs. We have lacked a fantastic mustache since Rod Beck was traded in 1999. Since then, there has been a void in our hearts. A void now filled. Never shave it.
In Chicago, we love our big personalities. We like our athletes to be fun and accessible. You check those boxes very well. Even though you haven't been around long, we hope that you'll stick for a while. You are a solid pitcher, which is also a perk. The enduring self-depreciating sense of humor is why we love you though.
On a more serious note: I noticed that your profile picture is you with an epic fish. Judging by the southern country persona and solid rain gear, I'd venture to guess that you are a bit of an outdoorsman. So I have a pitch for you.
Many people know that Illinois has many rivers. Few people know that just a 2 hour drive west of Chicago, there is a dells area on the Fox River that is full of fish. I am an avid kayaker, and know the ins and outs of the lower Fox River, from Yorkville to Ottawa, like the back of my hand. These spots are accessible only by canoe or kayak. What say we do a fishing trip? You bring your fishing gear, and I'll bring my boats.
I've got the boats, paddles, life jackets, dry bags and Yeti cooler full of beer we'd need on the water. You just bring your pole and tackle box, and we can have a fun day out on the water that you won't ever forget. Shoot me a message @pronk22 and let's make it happen. I've got enough boats you could even bring along a buddy.
Keep up the good work! Glad to have you here!