The Latest: Cubs fan remembers father, who died in May
Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) and catcher Willson Contreras (40) celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Chicago. The Cubs won 5-0 to win the series and advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Among the few thousand fans who stayed in their seats an hour after Game 6 of the NL Championship Series ended was Ed Koenig of Darien, Illinois. His eyes welled up as he talked about his father, who died in May.
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Koenig says he hasn't been to a game all season without his dad, and when a friend won a lottery for tickets, he needed to be convinced to go.
He showed off his father's watch on his wrist, saying ''I thought I was going without my dad, but I'm with him.''
As Koenig looked around the stands, he added ''I'm sure you could hear this same story 100 times over, just like mine.''
The Cubs advanced to the World Series for the first time since 1945 on Saturday. They open the series in Cleveland against the Indians on Tuesday.
Chicago Cubs players, coaches and front office personnel thanked the fans after the team earned its first trip to the World Series since 1945.
Pitcher Jon Lester said after the game Saturday that Cubs fans have been ''unbelievable'' all season. Lester says the fans ''have done nothing but support us from Day 1 … Words can't really describe where I'm at right now.''
Cubs All-Star third baseman Kris Bryant says the chants of ''M-V-P'' gave him the chills. Bryant says ''you never play for those awards, but for these people to chant that, it's unbelievable.''
As for the so-called curse, Bryant doesn't seem to believe in it.
''We're too young. We don't care about it. We don't look into it,'' says Bryant. ''This is a new team.''
Team President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein previewed the World Series, saying ''all we have to do is win four more.''
The Cubs face the Indians in Cleveland in Game 1 on Tuesday.
Chicago Cubs fans have waited 71 years to celebrate a return to the World Series.
Overjoyed fans streamed out of Wrigley Field on Saturday night after the Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series to earn their first trip to the World Series since 1945. Many people were wearing Cubbie blue and holding ''W'' flags.
Forty-nine-year-old Brian Dusza, who was Wrigley for Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, never thought he'd see the team win the pennant. Dusza says ''I can't even describe what I'm feeling.''
The Cubs will face the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 on Tuesday, with the series returning to Wrigley Field for Game 3 on Friday.