MY CUBS MIRACLE

My guardian angel is DEFINITELY a Cubs fan. The day of the Parade/Rally started with the cancellation of my 2pm speaking engagement at the Field Museum – so I took the train downtown and sprint-walked to the corner of Columbus and Balbo. Once the parade passed, I made my way into the rally, at one point close enough to see the tears in the team’s eyes as they thanked each other, the coaches, the Ricketts, the fans, and the city. I think a lot of us got choked up – still feeling a sense of relief, still reminding ourselves to exhale. How perfect it was, to run into friends and former colleagues who were riding high with me – these were special moments to be shared. But they wouldn’t be the friends I shared the rest of the day with…

I headed back towards the parade route, and ended up on a trolley with a group of Cubs staffers and family. I was immediately handed a cold, Cubbie-blue bottle of Bud Light, as the crowds cheered us on. WHAT?!

The procession made its way up Lake Shore Drive, back to Clark and Addison. The music was pumping as we passed fans, families, bikers and joggers who were holding up signs, clapping and high-fiving us, as they were handed W stickers and other Word Series swag.

By the time we got to Wrigley, I was adopted into this amazing group of friends/cousins, and became the official archivist for those who lost their phone/charge – which is AWESOME because it made me take an abundance of photos, forever memorializing this incredible day and night. And I was so happy to run into Nunu, to take pix of HIM for a change. So, here it is, our “official” photo journal from that day:

SCHWARBER!

HENDRICKS!

A LITTLE KISS FROM JAVI

HEARTFELT SPEECHES FROM THE STAGE

TROLLEY-ING BACK TO WRIGLEY

MY AWESOME NEW CUBBIE BUDDIES, LINDSEY & ERIC

MY AWESOME NEW MVP BUDDY... BEN ZOBRIST!

HOLY SHIT, THE WORLD SERIES TROPHY!

ERIC IN AWE

KINDA PRETENDING TO CATCH A BALL (OR TAKE A NAP) IN THE IVY

HOW LUCKY ARE WE?

THERE HE IS... NUNU!

HEADING INTO LOCKER ROOM: "DON'T LET THE PRESSURE EXCEDE THE PLEASURE"

HEADING TO THE FIELD: “THERE’S SUNSHINE, FRESH AIR, AND THE TEAM’S BEHIND US. LET’S PLAY TWO” + “EMBRACE THE TARGET”

CUBS LOCKER ROOM! BYO CHAMPAGNE

GET CHAPMAN TO THE BULLPEN!

SUPRISED TO DISCOVER, WHEN I PICKED UP THE PHONE AND SAID "JOE, WE NEED YOU IN THE DUGOUT!"... SOMEONE ANSWERED!

IN THE DUGOUT... IN AMAZEMENT

ERIC'S PITCHING PROWESS

LESTER HAS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT...

RUNNING THE BASES

*** VIDEO OF US RUNNING THE BASES ***

THE ALL-STAR CUBS FAN BAND

CHAMPAGNE WITH BRENDAN

*** VIDEO OF THEO ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD ***

AND THE FINALE VIDEO: GO CUBS GO FIREWORKS