Monday, December 21, 2015

"The Cubs Book of Rap" is a Celebration of the 2015 Season for Cubs Fans Everywhere

[W]rapping Up a Memorable Year: "The Cubs Book of Rap" is a Celebration of the 2015 Season for Cubs Fans Everywhere
Dear Linda:
We're pleased to bring a fun new sports book, "The Cubs Book of Rap," to your attention, just in time for the holidays. Written by a noted corporate media producer and 70 yearlong Chicago Cubs baseball fan, Frank "Bud" Stedronsky, this whimsical collection of "baseball rap" is a compilation of emails that Frank sent to his grandsons, covering the final 49 major league-best Cub wins of 2015, including the post season. Each rap recounts a game's highlights with humor and rhyme. It is an entertaining way to look back on the Cubs' extraordinary 2015 and is a perfect gift for sports fans of all ages. The book is now available in paperback for $12.95 and e-reader for $9.99 at
The back story for the book is also interesting. Stedronsky used his emails to rekindle the enthusiasm for the Cubs that always forged a bond between a grandfather and his grandsons. The email communication that grew out of his Cubs raps reconnected them in a powerful way.
We encourage you to inform your audience about this unique book. It's a great choice for sports fans and may encourage others to reconnect with family members using their own powers of humor and creativity. Interviews with the author are highly recommended.
Please contact me by phone at 312-651-9000 or by email at if I can provide you with any additional information or arrange an interview with the author. Below, we've included a link to a PDF version of the book for your review, but please note that you should not distribute this PDF version to anyone outside of your organization or company without our express written permission.
Lee Barrie, Vice President
Kurman Communications, Inc.
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[W]rapping Up a Memorable Year: "The Cubs Book of Rap" is a Celebration of the 2015 Season for Cubs Fans Everywhere

Cubs book 2 lo res.jpgWhen the Chicago Cubs began their fantastic hot streak on July 29,2015 culminating in their advance to the NL championship series, there was absolutely no doubt as to how memorable the 2015 season was. After all, most did not expect the Cubs to be in a position to compete in the post season in year four of the Cubs' five-year rebuilding program.

Fortunately for Cubs fans, one very talented and enthusiastic Chicago Cubs fan and writer-Frank "Bud" Stedronsky, who is 80 years old and has been an avid Cubs fan for 70 years-has captured the best of Cubs' 2015 journey by writing rap for his grandchildren covering the highlights of the final 49 major league-best Cub wins of 2015, including the post season.

These entertaining, tongue-in-cheek accounts have been collected and published as a book entitled The Cubs Book of Rap. It's a fun and original baseball journal that fans everywhere will enjoy, and it is unlike any sports book you have ever read. The book is available in paperback for $12.95 and e-reader for $9.99 at

Stedronsky's raps were inspired by his desire to rekindle his grandsons' interest in Cubs baseball. "I've been a devoted Cubs fan since 1945, the last time the Cubs made it to the World Series. Two of my three grandsons, Trevor and Dylan, were Cubs fans when they were growing up," Stedronsky recalled. "As the kids got older and their interests drifted elsewhere, I began to miss the animated conversations we used to have. So this past year, because the Cubs were playing so incredibly well, I decided to share my enthusiasm and try to reignite their interest. I hoped, too, that this might instill some Cubs fever into my grandson Jack, who was never much of a baseball fan."

Stedronsky began to write emails to his grandsons with brief two or three-line Cubs game highlights in verse form. They were signed "Love, Papa Bud." He began writing longer, three or four-line raps and they really clicked. Soon his grandsons were responding and the conversations began to flow.

"Meanwhile," said Stedronsky, "my raps grew to be six or seven full verses. My grandsons found it hilarious that their Papa Bud had become a rapper. It dawned upon us that I was creating a new genre: baseball rap."

Stedronsky was encouraged by his daughter Jill to compile his raps into a book and that's how The Cubs Book of Rap was born. The book is a good example of how a bit of humor and creativity can help rebuild the connection between generations. Die-hard Cubs fans, as well as baseball fans in general, will love the humor and creativity that Stedronsky has brought to his recounting of the Cubs' season.

"We've made the book available in time for the holidays and we think it will be a fun gift for anyone who loves baseball," said Stedronsky, "and it's a must-have for die-hard Cubs fans." The Cubs Book of Rap is available in paperback for $12.95 and e-reader for $9.99 at

With hopes high for the 2016 season, Stedronsky may have some more humorous Cubs riffs to spin off next fall.

About the Author

Frank "Bud" Stedronsky began his career as an award-winning writer, producer and director of corporate communications media after graduating from the Frank Stedronsky lo res w border.jpg University of Iowa with a dual major in television journalism and motion picture/television production. He was co-founder and CEO or Motivation Media Inc., an audiovisual corporate communications firm specializing in media production and live business theater, which grew in the 1990s to become the largest company of its kind in Chicagoland and one of the biggest in the country.

Stedronsky is past president of the Chicago Audio Visual Producers Association and the national Audio Visual Management Association. Now retired, he continues to enjoy Cubs games while spending his spare time on the golf course, where instead of earning media production awards, he pursues golf trophies.

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September 19, 2015
Cubs 5 St. Louis 4
Hail, Hail Cubs Prevail
Cubs were cruising in the ninth,with a five to one leadwhen the Cardinals scored threeand in my pants I nearly peed
Then a leaping, backhand stopand a neat shuffle throwAddison Russell and the Cubshad defeated their foe

October 7, 2015
National League Wildcard GameCubs 4 Pirates 0
Cubs Win Wildcard!!!Two Go Yard
For it's on to St. Louisthe Cubs do gofor another great battlewith a formidable foe.
For the Pittsburgh Piratesthat's all she wrote Could they have inheritedthe Cubs' Billy Goat?

October 10, 2015
NL Divisional Series
Cubs 6 Cardinals 3

Cubbies Beat Cardinals 6-3
Put it Up on the Grand Marquee!!!

Two safety squeezes
highlighted inning two
Is this the Cubs I'm watching?
Might be time for a brew

No ball left the infield
yet we scored three for our team
Don't wake me now
I think this is a dream



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