CHICAGO (CBS) — We saw this with the Chicago White Sox in 2005 and now with the Cubs’ championship chase this year: families who’ve lost a diehard fan and just can’t stop thinking about them.
As CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports, families consider them “angels in the outfield.”
You can’t see them, but they’re all around: dearly departed Cubs fans. Their team loyalty still alive and well in the hearts of loved ones.
“He taught me how to be a Cubs fan and now I’m getting to celebrate what it’s all about,” a fan says of her uncle Eric.
For swim teacher Shawne Duck, it was her older sister Kathy.
“This whole experience has made us just think of Kathy more with memories, and we think she’s an angel in the outfield,” Duck says.
For Marilyn and Bob Borst, it was fellow Wrigley Field usher Marilyn Kuebler, shown on her mass card, wearing her uniform. She died just last September.
“Shes got a front row seat now,” they said. “She didn’t see much in the suites.”
Duck says her sister Kathy relished her season tickets, even after a line drive broke her collarbone.
“For Kathy, that was like a badge of honor,” Duck said. “She had a battle scar from Wrigley Field.”
Brittany’s uncle Eric Dale Sutherland lived in Wrigleyville for 30 years. And like the other Cubs fans left behind, she feels sure he’s still in the stands.
“It gives me goosebumps,” she said. “I kind of remember him and the way that my uncle ended up playing such a special role in my Cubs life,” Brittany says. “It’s something special to get to pass the baton to future Cubs fans.”