LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It’s officially Cubs Week in the Greater Lafayette area. A proclamation was read Thursday night on the steps of Riehle Plaza. Chicago Cubs fan united to reminisce on the past and celebrate the present.
The proclamation was read by Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis and Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tom Murtaugh.
As the Cubs are tied at one game a piece in the World Series, longtime fans shared some of their favorite stories at the ceremony.
Nate Barrett was the emcee of the event. He said he contacted the Lafayette mayor’s office after he stumbled across a plaque that belonged to his grandfather.
“I think it was given to him by Mayor Riehle’s staff,” Barrett said. “Mayor Riehle and Mayor Margerum, back in the 1984 run for the Cubs, did a proclamation, declaring it Chicago Cubs Day in Lafayette and had a lot of funny lines in the proclamation about how long-suffering Cubs fans are.”
Barrett said it’s stories similar to his and his grandfather’s that make the team’s success so special.
“When the Cubs win, it just makes it all that much more special because if their grandparent or parent has passed on, they’re not here for this. So, I think in remembrance of them, they want to celebrate it a little more,” Barrett said.
Brad Cohen is celebrating in memory of his father, Arni – the man who started Arni’s Pizza. He shared stories of Wrigley Field and is trying to create those same traditions with his children.
“It’s just been great. It’s fun to have that,” Cohen said. “I hope we don’t lose that spirit of being a great Cubs fan. If by chance we have created a dynasty, which I hope we have, you don’t want to lose that spirit of being great Cub fans.”
And that spirit was apparent Thursday evening as the fans sang the iconic tune “Go Cubs Go” by Steve Goodman.
The Cubs will be back in action at Wrigley Field Friday night.