Local Cubs fans gear up for game one

Local fans prepare for game 1 of World Series

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- Game one of the World Series is finally here, with the Chicago Cubs taking on the Cleveland Indians.  With no professional baseball team in Louisville, there are quite a few Chicago fans in the Derby City.  Chicago may be about 300 miles from Louisville but you can still feel the excitement around Kentuckiana.

Many Cubs fans say they’re still in shock that their team has made it this far.

“Tears came from my eyes and I was scared to move. I didn't want to jinx them,” Cubs fan Don Greene, who is originally from Chicago, said.

But you don't have to be a Chicago native to feel the same way, there are many die-hard Cubs fans from Louisville.

“I'm still on cloud nine. It's unbelievable to me, still,” Cubs fan Scott Weinberg said.

“I think we've got enough to win it,” Cubs fan Alec Leonardo says.

Leonardo is driving to the Windy City Tuesday just to watch game one of the series amongst other Cubs fans.

“I'm going to Chicago just to watch the game at Wrigleyville. I've got a ton of friends up there so they extended the invite and I wouldn't miss it for the world,” said Leonardo.

Weinberg already has his tickets for games four and possibly five.

“If we win it’ll be unlike anything I've ever experienced before,” said Weinberg.

Others say they'll be watching the game at the unofficial Chicago sports bar in town, Highlands Tap Room.  Owner Tommy Clemons is a huge Cubs fan and it shows all over his restaurant.

“I was ecstatic. It meant everything. I'm super nervous now but super excited as well,” said Clemons.

Highlands Tap Room is serving half-price appetizers tonight, $2 Old Style beers and Chicago-style hot dogs for good luck.

Cubs fans say luck comes in different forms.  Whether it's Green’s watch, Leonardo’s a hat or Weinberg’s beard that he says he won’t shave until after the series, Chicago fans say they'll take anything to end the 108 year-old curse.

“It builds a lot of character through the years. So still, I can't believe that it's happened,” said Weinberg.

Game one of the World Series is Tuesday night in Cleveland.
 


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