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When former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager (GM) Ned Colletti reflects on the 10 greatest days of his baseball career, he might think of the fateful one when he oversaw the signing of Clayton Kershaw, who is becoming known as one of the best pitchers of all time. He might even recall his leadership in the Dodgers’ return to the Latin American market as one of the defining moments of his 35-year journey. But today the Chicago native—and childhood Cubs enthusiast—remembers his last official day as a baseball executive: October 22, 2016.

That night at Wrigley Field, the lines of loyalty were almost indistinguishable. While Colletti had a stake in the Dodgers advancing to the World Series, the seeds of his love for the game were sown in Wrigley Field as a Cubs fan. As the team he helped construct was ending its 2016 post-season short of the World Series, he remembered the countless matches he attended at that very location with his father while growing up in the Chicago suburb of Franklin Park. He couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of nostalgia as his hometown team won the National League Championship Series, claiming a historic victory against the team that he had helped design for the last 11 years, the first nine in the GM role.

“It was the last hurdle for the team I grew up with to go to the World Series, and I thought, ‘How poetic is that?’” muses Colletti, who transitioned following the 2014 season into a role as a TV analyst for the Dodgers' SportsNet LA. “It was one of the most precious things my dad and I shared—baseball, and especially the Cubs. It could have been any team, but it was that team and I was there for it rooting against them.’” Read the full article

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