CHAMPAIGN — It’s been a few months since the Cubs won the World Series. Finally, fans in Central Illinois got to see the Commissioner’s trophy with their own eyes.
The day meant a lot for Cubs fans. The coveted World Series trophy was at the State Farm Center. Fans say they’ve been waiting a long time for this; some, a lifetime.
The Cubs only have three World Series titles to their name. November’s victory was more than a century in the making.
Now, fans who have been waiting a long time to see a championship trophy got that chance.
“I was in Chicago in 1945 last time they went to defend it. So, this is really enjoyable for us.”
Some have lived just long enough to see the team play at its best.
“This has been a long time coming.”
The trophy was on display at the Mannie Jackson Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame. It was only there for 90-minutes, but people started lining up outside the stadium early in the morning.
“Finally won the World Series so we had to be here to see the trophy.”
Fans say they hope seeing the trophy isn’t a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They’re looking for their team to go on to win it again in years to come.
“I’ve watched the Cubs since I was probably 8-years old. I’ve been a Cubs fan through all the goods and all the bads and now it’s here and we’re champions.”
About 1,3000 people showed up to pose with the trophy. Now, they can say they got their chance to stand next to a part of baseball history.
The World Series trophy is scheduled to hit spots all around the U.S. There are dates scheduled through the end of April. As of right now, the last stop will be the Chicago Cubs Brick and Ivy Ball.