Sluggo's, in Mesa, AZ., which began life as Harry and Steve's, morphed in Steve Stone's Chicago Grill, and then was sold to a local guy named Doug Siepel and re-named Sluggo's, has been sold again to an as yet unnamed ownership and re-named yet again to Diamond's.
This place is about a mile and a half from Ho Ho Kam, even close to Fitch Park, and has been the scene of all sorts of Cubs related shenanigans over the years. Located literally within a few steps stumbling distance of what was a Sheraton and now a Marriott, when it first opened it served as Harry Caray's nighttime Spring Training hang out. There are pictures up on the walls with him and such people as Bill Murray, and there is an oversized tap with his caricature on it to mark the seat where he always held court. Those of us who were there back in those days can recall that any number of past and current players would come by nightly and drink themselves silly. As it became Steve Stone's and then Sluggo's, the occasional sports figures would still stop by but with Harry's passing the place understandably lost a little something. Last year though, it seemed either Fergie Jenkins, Lee Smith or both were there many nights, but to hawk memorabilia for charity.
I've gone there every year during Spring Training back to the Harry days. At least as of last year, Old Styles were still $1.50 and other domestics were $2-3.00 each or so, my memory is hazy. I met strangers who became friends, and because I always go during the same time each March that usually overlaps St. Patrick's Day, I'd see the same people year after year, for example the son of the former owner of Ray's Bleacher's, now Murphy's. He's a nice guy also named Ray who I've seen the last two or three times I've been at Bernie's outside of left field at Wrigley. For years before he switched to the Best Western on Dobson from the Sheraton, Randy Hundley would hold night time get togethers at Harry and Steve's during his Fantasy Camps as well.
Point being, there's a lot of Cub history there and some decent memorabiia, although over the years Siepel incorporated more local emphasis as well as Red Sox and KC Chiefs, his two favorite teams. I have no idea what being Diamond's is going to do to the place. It was in great need of a sprucing up, so maybe that's what will happen. Here's hoping it stays as a Cub-centric hang out, at least during Spring, because otherwise many of us would have no home away from home, including Harry's ghost. Regardless, those of you heading to Mesa in March shouldmake it a point to check it out while and if it's still there.