If you’ve spent much time here at Redleg Nation over the years, you likely encountered “Chuck Schick.” For years, Chuck has been one of the most prolific and thoughtful commenters here at the Nation. He was always respectful of others’ opinions, and willing to engage in a conversation about his favorite club, the Cincinnati Reds.
I’m sorry to report that Chuck — his real name was Chris Esberger — passed away unexpectedly on August 22 at the age of 46. Chris was survived by his wife, Lisa Esberger and two children, Raegan (5) and Cavan Esberger (3).
Chris’ wife and brother both reached out to us to let us know the sad news, since Redleg Nation was important to him. I think it’s safe to say that our collective hearts go out to Chris’ family during this time.
Last September, Chris wrote a piece that was published here, entitled “Random, worthless facts and clown-like observations.” I encourage you to go read it. He wrote more comments than I can highlight in one post, but here’s his last one, posted the night before he passed away.
We spend a lot of time in our little corner of the internet, and those of you that take the time out of your day to join us regularly feel like a part of the family. “Chuck” certainly fit that description. He represented the best of what RN hopes to be, and he’ll be sorely missed around these parts.
The thoughts and prayers of Redleg Nation are with Lisa and the Esberger family. If you’d like to make a donation in Chris’ name, those can be made to Lindner Center of Hope, 4075 Old Western Row Road, Mason, OH 45040 / (513) 536-0317.
RIP Chuck Schick…
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
You can email Chad at email@example.com.