WRIGLEYVILLE — With a gleeful, "See ya, 71!" the well-known "Eamus Catuli" sign outside Wrigley Field got a long-awaited update Friday.
Ahead of the first World Series games played at Wrigley Field since 1945, the Lakeview Baseball Club rooftop updated its sign, which tracks the number of years since the Chicago Cubs have won the division, National League title and the World Series.
All that's left are zeroes and a looming "108."
Watch the counter reset here:
Workers flipped the sign around noon Friday, high-fiving and pointing to the "one more" number left standing, which will change if the Cubs can win three more games in the best-of-seven World Series.
The Cubs are tied 1-1 with the Cleveland Indians, a team with its own World Series championship drought of 68 years.
First installed on the Lakeview Baseball Club rooftop in 1996, the sign includes a counter tracking the years since the Cubs won the division, pennant and World Series.
It even spawned copycats over the past 20 years, including this amazing version with a W flag add-on:
The rooftop at 3633 N. Sheffield Ave. underwent major renovations from 2012 to 2014, and the Eamus Catuli counter almost didn't return.
"I respect the tradition of Wrigley Field," part owner Mark Schlenker told the Chicago Tribune in 2012. "At the same time, I'm also open to new ideas. Someone presented to me that the sign shows futility and perhaps we need to put the past behind us and move forward."
But the numbers did eventually return along with the beloved "Eamus Catuli" sign, which loosely translates in Latin to "Let's go, little bears."
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