Wrigley Wall Becomes Memorial for Cubs Fans Who Died Before ‘Next Year’ Finally Arrived

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The Associated Press
Chicago, IL

One of the rueful sayings Chicago Cubs fans have consoled each other with after decades of failed seasons was “wait ’til next year.” But after Wednesday’s World Series win, hundreds of Cubs fans took to one of the outer walls of Wrigley Field to leave messages for those many fans who didn’t live long enough to finally see “next year” arrive at long last.

Fan after fan stood before the brick wall off Sheffield Avenue with chalk in hand to write messages to loved-one Cubs fans in their family who passed away before the big night finally came to pass.

The wall stands as a touching memorial to thousands of fans and their devotion to their favorite Windy City team. Harry Caray, Ernie Banks, Jack Brickhouse, Ron Santo, and even Murphy the Goat all lived and died before the Cubs won a World Series. So, too, did millions of Cubs fans lacking such notoriety.

One fan told Lauren Comitor of TheAthletic.com, “My parents are gone. But they’re here.”

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