(WBBM Newsradio) — Several hundred people lined up in Daley Plaza on Thursday afternoon to try and win free Cubs tickets by pitching a ball through a hole in a wall.

Former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster handed over the baseballs and offered encouragement. Everybody got three tries.

“You got this. Bear down,” he said.

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Former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, left, offers encouragement to Cubs fan Andy Levitz during a ticket-giveaway contest. (Steve Miller/WBBM Newsradio)

There were some winners.

Jean Simon of Lincoln Square wasn’t among them.

“I missed all three of them,” she said. “I couldn’t even make the ball all the way to the wall.”

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Jean Simon of Lincoln Square gives it a whirl, trying to win Cubs tickets by throwing at a target. (Steve Miller/WBBM)

“I tried to throw overhanded and it didn’t do any good.  Maybe I should have threw underhanded, I don’t know.”

Simon, 79, says she’s been a Cubs fan since 1950.

The Cubs say they gave away about 50 pairs of tickets.

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