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Thought For This Afternoon

Not all of you have Usenet access and read the Cubs newsgroup. (If you don't even know what Usenet is, never mind.)

Anyway, I thought I'd share this post that I found there today, posted by someone who identified himself only as "Fred":

I grew up in Chicago in the 50's-60's, and have been away for 30 years. A lifelong diehard, we return to Wrigley yearly. We went to the Ted for Game 1. The number of our fans there was unprecedented and unrivaled.

I rarely post here, and appreciate many of you here.

My mom died the day of the last Cubs game of 2002, almost to the hour that a year later they won this past Tuesday. It was the Cubbies that kept her going, and gave her solace. Since then, her soulmate of 57 years (dad) is understandably lost. The only thing that keeps him looking forward are the Cubbies. They've been more than a ballteam to us. They are, and will always be, a significant fabric of our family. They've kept us from falling apart, and drew us closer, especially now.

Mom's smiling down right now. She "told" me to tell everyone in the NG something we already know; There's magic in the air right now. Eat it up. Go Cubs.

You know we all feel this way. You bet, Fred. Go Cubs.