Chicago Cubs Fans Fly The 'W' In The East Valley

Published: Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 7:53am
Updated: Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 8:38am
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Cubs fans at Hob Nob Sports Grill react as their team wins the World Series for the first time in 108 years

At the Hob Nob Sports Grill in Chandler, Chicago Cubs fans from all over the Valley, many of whom have relocated from the Midwest, came together for a common cause.

“Just win. That’s all I need," said Larry Mullenix. "One ‘W.’ One more time to raise that flag.” Larry Mullenix lives in Chandler, but was born and raised in Chicago. He came out to watch the game with his fellow Cubs fans.

He said it’s kind of like a support group. “Win, lose or draw, you have people to console you if you lose, celebrate with if you win," Mullenix said.

That mix of optimism and skepticism was shared by many in attendance, like Sara Bergner. “Cubbies are gonna win," Bergner said. "We're gonna go all the way. We’re gonna do it, finally, after 108 years, we are going to win the World Series tonight — let’s hope.”

Despite the tumultuous journey that was game seven, Cubs fans were rewarded with that coveted "W."

"I feel so excited," Michelle Daly said, wiping away tears. "This is the fifth most best day of my life and I have three kids and a husband so do the math.”

Daly was somewhat traumatized by the game. The suspense, coupled with the extra inning and a rain delay was almost too much to bear.

"I think it took 10 years off my life, but it was so exciting. I’ve never cried so hard in my life,” she said.

Daly wasn't alone. There were plenty of tears and beers spilled in the East Valley where the Cubs hold spring training every year.

But next year, when the team heads back to Mesa, they will no longer be known as the “Loveable Losers.” The Cubs and their fans will embrace a new and completely unfamiliar identity — champions.

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