Reporter Remembers Constant Presence of Cubs in Grandfather’s Life

CUBS DEARLY DEPARTED BASEBALL
A baseball sits on the grave stone of famed Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Carey at All Saints Cemetery Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, in Des Plaines, Ill. In a city where fans have been known to scatter ashes of the dearly departed at Wrigley Field, families of those who could no longer wait 'till next season are planting Cubs pennants and flags at the graves of loved ones or sending them off to the great beyond with Cubs hats and jerseys in their caskets. Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press
CUBS DEARLY DEPARTED BASEBALL
A baseball sits on the grave stone of famed Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Carey at All Saints Cemetery Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, in Des Plaines, Ill. In a city where fans have been known to scatter ashes of the dearly departed at Wrigley Field, families of those who could no longer wait 'till next season are planting Cubs pennants and flags at the graves of loved ones or sending them off to the great beyond with Cubs hats and jerseys in their caskets. Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press

Reporter Remembers Constant Presence of Cubs in Grandfather’s Life

If there’s one thing that defines Chicago Cubs fans, it’s that Cubs fans do not give up. At least that was the motto for one Cubs family, taught to them by their grandfather. 

WBEZ reporter Sarah Karp’s Grandpa Earl loved the Chicago Cubs. So much so, that when he passed away in 2006, he left firm instructions that his ashes be scattered at Wrigley Field at the moment the Cubs ever win the World Series. Sarah Karp charts the Cubs fandom through her family to its roots in the first Daley administration.