CHICAGO (CBS) —  A new tradition is underway at Wrigley Field. Normally, in front of the ballpark at the Clark and Addison intersection, you’ll see fans screaming, “Go Cubs!”

But on the other side of the ballpark, a quieter and unexpectedly emotional tribute to the Cubs is taking form.

Letter by letter and brick by brick, with colored chalk, fans are leaving their mark.

“I am putting ‘finish strong’ because that’s what needs to happen,” resident Eric Pitts says.

“I am dedicating it to all my grandparents,” Edgewater resident Sam Barnes says. “I am trying not to chock up, honestly, because I remember growing up watching the games with them.

“It’s impressive. It just happened naturally,” Pitts says of the new tradition.

Now overnight, the Sheffield side of Wrigley has turned into one emotional place.

“Baseball and family. That’s what it’s all about,” Pitts said.

And more often than not, it’s what they’re writing about.

“We got a ‘Bobbo’ here with hearts and arrows,” fan and West Dundee resident Julie Spindler says. The Korean War kept her dad from playing with the Cubs. “I just know he’s here,” she says.

Beside a brick wall, she feels his embrace. The love and the energy coming from the building; it’s not just the wall it’s the building. And somehow, in spite of all the celebrations, a quiet side of Wrigley, Monday, is speaking volumes.

“If these walls could talk and now they kind of sort of are,” one fan says.

The wall is growing at such a spontaneous pace that the Cubs tell us they haven’t had a chance to take it all in yet. But you can if you talke a stroll down Sheffeild.


Vince Gerasole