10/03/2003 11:43 PM ET
Cubs fans signing in the rain
Chicagoans show support with cardboard & marker
CHICAGO -- Cubs fans are pretty creative when it comes
to expressing their love for their team.
Their devotion comes through in the form of T-shirts,
hats, jerseys and jackets. There are items bearing the
likeness of Harry Caray, Wrigley Field and goats.
There are shirts telling people to "Shut up and drink your
Before the start of Friday's Game 3 of the NLDS at
Wrigley Field, however, fans were bundled up and carrying
umbrellas to ward off temperatures in the mid-50s and
passing rain showers.
So their devotion, mostly hidden under heavy winter
jackets more suited for footall than a night at the
yard, could be seen on poster boards carried from home.
Some simply printed with black magic marker, a few
adorned with hearts and glitter and some bearing simply the
famous "C" logo.
A few of the more enterprising fans came up with some
slogans to complement their paraphernalia.
One fan, braving the cold, was wearing a T-shirt under
his open windbreaker that proclaimed "It's Dustiny."
Of course there were the old standby shirts
proclaiming "In Dusty we trusty," which a Cubs fan had printed and sold during Spring Training and the regular
Outside the stadium before gametime, one fan
proclaimed with a poster, "Braves better learn their
Prior-ities in life."
One fan summed up a lot of frustration across Clark
Street in front of the WGN Radio live broadcast truck
with his "Cubs in October, Temp in hell = 32 degrees"
Another chimed in inside the stadium with a "I was
here in '45! Do it again while I'm alive!" motto.
One couldn't get through a game against the Braves
without the obligatory "The Chop stops here" ditty, but
one young lady showed a little love for Cubs starting
pitcher Mark Prior.
"I'm cold, Prior's hot," her sign read.
Sternig is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This
story was not subject to approval by Major League
Baseball or its clubs.
By Amy Sternig / MLB.com