Local presence felt in and around Wrigley Field

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CHICAGO (WLFI) — Many Cubs fans from around the area made the journey to Chicago Friday to see the team play in Game 3 of the World Series.

Kenny Smith made the trip from Logansport with his family and was soaking it all in.

“Just tears of joy,” Smith said. “My dad brought me up here as a teenager, and now we are just here to enjoy the experience.”

With ticket prices topping out at $1 million, Greg Santos, an alumnus of Jefferson High School in Lafayette, was focused on the festivities outside the ballpark.

“We’ve already hit a couple bars. We are trying to avoid the $250-cover bars,” Santos said. “We are just here to have a good time.”

Lafayette resident Bill Emerick said his trip was an early Father’s Day present.

“My son got me a ticket and said, ‘Dad I’m taking care of you. Come on up here to the game,'” Emerick said.

Even though the Cubs are currently down 3-1 in the series, the fans still believe this is the year.

“I’m not really big on curses, but I think the billy goat is dead,” Emerick said.

“It’s been a longtime coming,” Santos said. “The monkey is gone. That date clock up in right field gets zeros.”

“It’s a Cubs thing,” explained Smith. “People at work were like, ‘Why you going to Wrigley Field when you don’t even have tickets?’ I said, ‘Because it’s a Cubs thing.’ Your heart is with them, you believe in them, and you just want them to win.”