It’s was one of the most historic events in Stateline history: the World Series trophy commemorating the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 win appeared at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Sunday.
Cubs fans from all over the Midwest made their way inside both the BMO Harris Bank Center and the Masonic Temple in Freeport, where the trophy also made an appearance, to get a short glimpse at sports history.
“We all have one thing in common, we’re Cubs fans and we won the World Series,” yelled long time Cubs fan Peggy Downing-Manson.
“I’m going to try not to cry,” said Lisa Radke before seeing the trophy. “I wake up sometimes now and I think, we won the World Series this year and I’m still amazed, and to share it with other people of like mind is a wonderful thing,” said Downing-Manson.
Waiting so long for such a moment makes many think of relatives who passed their fandom down through the generations, but couldn’t see the championship win themselves.
“My great grandma who passed, passed on her love for the Cubs to me,” said Mitchell Phol. “It’s sentimental and it has been forever,” he added.
“He got it from his grandma, it’s genetic, he just doesn’t know it,” said Lisa Radke with Connor Mathiu. “I’ve been into baseball my whole life, it’s just this year has been the biggest year of my life,” Mathiu added.
Many fans came to relive the euphoria of game seven. They also came to enjoy camaraderie over one hundred years in the making. “We all shared in loving the Cubs and in all the down times it was still fun to be a Cubs fan, and now to have this reward for it, and to share it together here in the theater and to watch the game together, it’s really special and amazing,” said Downing-Mason.