Love Letters From Pronk is an ongoing series where Pronk shares his love for somebody connected to the Cubs. Sometimes funny, sometimes weird, sometimes touching, Pronk likes to make 100% sure people know that they are loved, and best expresses that through gushing letters. Today's recipient: Cubs TV personality Elise Menaker.
Elise joined the Cubs family as a TV personality for Marquee sports network this past year. Despite a lot of the logistical challenges of trying to have a baseball season in the middle of a pandemic, Elise's upbeat persona helped make fan-less baseball fun for us Cubs fans. After 5 years of various experiences being a host, sideline reporter and TV host, it seems like she's found a professional home in Chicago.
Elise grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and is well acquainted with the city. Elise might also be hustling the Cubs when it comes to being a ballplayer. She won two softball championships while at Cornell, was a three time All-Ivy league player, Cornell Hall-of-Famer and later played professional softball in Sweden. I'd love to see her compete in a batting practice home run derby with some current Cubs.
Elise celebrated her birthday on the 26th. HAPPY BIRTHDAY from all of us here at Cubs DNA!
I enjoyed watching you as a part of the Marquee team this year. You always had terrific insight and new things to share. It made an unbearable year a bit more enjoyable. Your on air contributions helped make every Cubs broadcast a great one, and I hope you are part of the team for many more years to come.
I really enjoyed your Twitter feed throughout the year. There were lots of interesting nuggets of trivia which stumped my 20+ years of Cubs fandom. You were also really good and finding some in depth quotes from unlikely sources that were really telling about the state of the team. Point being: you are a fantastic follow.
Your contributions to the team this year make me optimistic for a great TV experience in the future. I hope you stay with the Cubs and Marquee for a long time!