Ex-Cubs voice Chip Caray ‘shed a tear’ Friday at Wrigley Field

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Chip Caray stopped at the statue of his grandfather outside Wrigley Field Friday and had a real moment.

“I’ll be honest, I shed a tear a little bit,” said Caray, an Atlanta Braves play-by-play announcer for Fox Sports South who’s in town hosting Fox-32’s World Series pregame show. “I got kind of emotional walking past my grandfather’s statue. Seeing the green apples and the flowers at the base of it, seeing the faces of these people.

“Harry used to always say, ‘They’re the greatest fans in the world. Three million a year come here to watch some awful baseball.’ Well, 3 million have come and watched one hell of a team this year.”

Harry Caray died in February 1998. The plan had been for Harry and Chip to work together; instead, Chip became Harry’s replacement. He was in the Cubs’ TV booth until the end of the 2004 season.

“I’m a Braves fan now — they butter my bread, obviously,” Caray said. “But once you’re a Cub, you’re always a Cub.”

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