“The WANE television station had a batboy contest that I won, and I had the chance to go to a Cubs game,” said Trentadue. “It was my first baseball game and started my love of the Cubs forever.”
Trentadue has since passed his love of the Cubs on to his sons, Austin, 16, and Joe, 9, who have also had the same rare opportunity as their father.
In 2000, Austin won the Walgreens Celebrity Batkid Sweepstakes, sponsored by Walgreens and WGN radio in Chicago. Winners of the contest receive four tickets to a Cubs home game, where they get to sit in the dugout and watch the Cubs take batting practice, have their names announced over the public address system and displayed on the scoreboard, and meet Cubs players and receive an autographed baseball.
This Saturday, as the Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals, the Trentadue family will be in attendance again. The occasion? Joe, like his dad and brother before him, won the batkid contest.
“We're very excited; this is a big thing,” said Trentadue.
After spending the past 31 years as a loyal Cubs fan through many ups and even more downs, Trentadue is hoping this is the year the Cubs finally find success.
“Joe's the good luck charm for this year,” he said. “As Joe would say, ‘To be in our family, you better be a Cubs fan.'”