(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.

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“You got this. Bear down,” he said.

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.

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

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.

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