WRIGLEYVILLE — Last year, Cubs fans gathered around Wrigley Field's red brick exterior bleacher walls to leave messages of support in colorful chalk.
First they filled the spots they could reach while standing. Then they stood on chairs. Then on backs. Then ladders.
By the end of the team's historic World Series run, the 800-foot brick walls on the ballpark's east and north walls were covered with messages — some as simple as a scrawled "Believe," others more like works of chalk art. The team left the chalk on the walls before finally photographing it all and power-washing the messages away.
As the Cubs prepared to take the field for their first postseason home game on Monday, fans once again left chalk messages of encouragement.
Tim Moles and his kids, Addy, 8, and Charlie, 10, were among the people who left messages on the wall.
Tim Moles and his kids, Addy, 8, and Charlie, 10, stand in front of their messages on the Wrigley Field chalk wall Monday before the Cubs' first NLDS home game. [DNAinfo/Jessica Cabe]
"I wrote 'Go Cubs,'" said Addy, who also added her name to the wall.
"We were here for the Dodgers Game 6 last year, and then Charlie and I were in Cleveland for Games 6 and 7 of the World Series," said Tim Moles, who wrote "MATCH" on the wall — his family members' initials.
Charlie added it feels great to be back in the playoffs and that he was excited to witness his fifth playoff game in person.
Last season, the wall took on a deeper meaning when some used it as a memorial for departed Cubs fans who never got the chance to see the beloved team win it all.
But in a more general sense, this year the wall serves as a symbol of camaraderie among fans who want to see their team win it all again.
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