WRIGLEY FIELD — Will the Cubs win the World Series? Let's just say the writing's on the wall.
After erasing messages at the start of the World Series, the Chicago Cubs have left intact messages written in chalk along Wrigley Field's eastern and northern walls.
The words carry all the hope and encouragement Cub fans can muster during the high-stakes World Series.
Over the weekend, they etched out blue Ws and promised to "Believe." After Sunday's victory kept the Cubs from the brink of elimination in the best-of-seven series, one fan wrote, "I believe we will win three in a row."
Others left only their initials or a friendly "Aloha." Messages came from lifelong fans and others who thanked the team for "making me a Cubs fan." Some asked the team to win it for their loved ones, while others left a simple "Go Cubs" and their names.
Rebecca Conner and her husband came to Wrigley at the start of Game 6, determined to write a tribute to her grandfather, a lifelong Cubs fan.
Christopher Cummings (left) embellishes the message his wife, Rebecca Conner, dedicated to her grandfather on the Wrigley Field wall facing Waveland Avenue Tuesday night. [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]
"We had a really special relationship, and he really instilled in me a love of the Cubs — which he really did for anybody who talked ot him," said Conner, 31, who lives in Gold Coast.
Conner and her husband Christopher Cummings wrote her grandfather's name with the blue letters and white background of the Wrigley Field W flag. Next to it, she dedicated her message to "my angel in the outfield."
Harland "Hop" Conner died three years ago at 92 years old, and Conner said she wishes she could have enjoyed one more Cubs game with him — particularly this World Series season.
"I feel closer to him" when watching the Cubs, she said. "Every single year, he had hopes, even for someone whose team struggled for 92 years."
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