If you are a lifelong Cubs fan, there is no way to describe the absolute joy you feel about the first World Series game that will be played tonight in Wrigley Field since October 10, 1945. Generations of Cub fans have gone to their graves without having the opportunity to experience what is happening Friday night.
The only living baseball fan I know who attended the 1945 World Series is my father-in-law, Stanley, who is now 90 years old. He was there on October 6, 1945 when the Tigers beat the Cubs 4-1 in the fourth game of that series. Tickets for tonight’s game are being scalped for thousands of dollars – my father-in-law, because he was in the service, received his ticket in 1945 for free.
In my life, so many important things have happened at Wrigley Field. If you put all of the people I have attended a game with at Wrigley Field in one room you would tell the story of my life. My wife and I had our first date there, both of my sons saw their first major league games there, I saw my first major league game there, the personal list goes on and on.
Below is a picture of my younger son, Matthew, whose nickname is Cubbie. One of my favorite baseball stories took place when Cubbie was in preschool. In those days, his teacher, Mrs. Rubenstein, would end the day by allowing a student to pick a song that everyone could sing. Cubbie came home and said that it was his day to pick the song – he ended up picking Take Me Out to the Ballgame, because “Mrs. Rubenstein didn’t know Go Cubs Go.”
Here’s hoping the Northsiders continue their dream season.