Chicago hums historically ahead of World Series clash

Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:18pm EDT
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By Nick Carey

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Windy City was abuzz Friday ahead of the Chicago Cubs' first World Series home game in 71 years and nowhere more than in the neighborhood around iconic Wrigley Field where media helicopters hovered well before dawn.

Up to four helicopters at a time hovered over the stadium all day Friday, the wup-wup-wup of their rotor blades waking Raymond Peternell providing a constant, physical reminder that something big was on its way.

Peternell, 71, and his partner of 47 years Francis DiLorenzo, 73, have been glued to their television throughout the Chicago Cubs' postseason run after decades of disappointment and nervously watched the lowering sky on Friday morning, afraid it might rain.

The Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908.

"I just want the Cubs to keep winning," Peternell said. "Over a hundred years is far too long."

The World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland Indians was tied 1-1 after two games in Cleveland and with the best-of-seven series switching to Chicago for three games, the Cubs have been seen having a slight edge.

From Wrigleyville to the Chicago suburbs, fans marveled at the enormity of the occasion.

"This is a chance to watch history," said Steve Newman, 55, a semi-retired human resources manager who lives in the western suburbs and would watch the game on television.   Continued...