CHICAGO (CBS) — Cubs fans are still on a World Series high, and many of them can’t get enough of their favorite players.
Dozens of fans started showing up outside Macy’s flagship store on State Street as early as 1 a.m. Monday for a chance to get an autograph from second baseman Javier Baez at noon.
The first 175 customers to spend $35 or more on officially licensed Cubs merchandise from the Locker Room by LIDS shop in Macy’s on Monday will have the chance to meet Baez and have him sign a product.
Jose Castillo, 20, was among those waiting for Macy’s to open at 10 a.m.
“I had to come down here. I missed the parade, but I’m not going to miss this,” he said. “I’m a real big fan. I’m not really a baseball guy, but ever since I saw him play, that guy, he’s been my favorite baseball player.”
Evan Morrison, 21, got to the store around 1 a.m.
“I knew a lot of people would be here early, and I didn’t want to be the one that didn’t get to meet him,” he said.
Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the first people in line to meet Baez will be 7-year-old Anthony and his two brothers. Baez will meet them at noon, followed by the other qualifying Macy’s customers.
Baez drew similar large crowds at Dick’s Sporting Goods in the South Loop, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
Baez is one of 19 players in baseball history to steal home in the playoffs. He was named NLCS co-MVP alongside Jon Lester as the Cubs clinched the pennant en route to the World Series championship. Although he struggled at the plate in the World series, with a .167 batting average, but he hit a home run in the team’s 8-7 victory over the Indians in Game 7. He also had a .277 batting average overall in the postseason, with three home runs, 11 RBI, nine runs scored and four stolen bases.