Matt Reeves had to be at Wrigley Field for Game 5 of the World Series, so he and his friends packed into the car and drove the nearly four hours north from Decatur, Ill. to Wrigleyville for Sunday's game.
Reeves didn't get into the park, but he celebrated with Cubs fans from all over the country in the streets during and after the game.
Then, he took some chalk and went to the wall under the right field bleachers at Wrigley Field.
Hundreds — perhaps thousands — have taken chalk to the bricks in right field to mark the occasion of the Cubs reaching the World Series for the first time since 1945. Many write their own names or "Go Cubs Go!" but for some, it's a deeply personal experience.
Reeves wrote the names of his two late grandfathers, who were big Cubs fans.
"They were here tonight."
Reeves wasn't alone in feeling emotional in the moment — fans had been writing on the wall since Game 4, but after Game 5 there were dozens of fans who wiped away tears as they wrote their messages on the wall, grasping a small piece of hand-me-down chalk the previous tear-soaked Cubs fan gave them.