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‘It’s finally happened,’ Cubs fans ecstatic at NL pennant win

Fans celebrate the Cubs' win outside Wrigley Field. | Santiago Covarrubias / Sun-Times

Ecstatic Cubs fans poured into the streets outside Wrigley Field Saturday night after a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series sent the team to its first World Series since 1945.

“It’s finally happened,” said 63-year-old Bob Drinkall. “I’ve waited for this since I was 5 years old. You never believe it’s going to happen. And now it’s happening.”

Cheers mixed with tears among the sea of Cubbie blue and “W” flags. Some people cried. Others hugged, danced and just jumped around in excitement.

“My dad died in 2009, and he never got to see the Cubs in the World Series, but I feel him here tonight with us,” a teary-eyed Ryan Patrick said as he celebrated in the streets. “This is the greatest thing that’s ever happened. And I’ve never felt so amazing.

“People have lived and died waiting to see this moment, so to cheer them into the World Series is special,” his brother Kyle Daby said.

Ryan Patrick celebrates with his brother Kyle Daby. | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times

Ryan Patrick (left) celebrates with his brother Kyle Daby. | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times

“Cheering the Cubs to the World Series has been the greatest experience of my life, and it’s not over yet,” another fan, T.J. Leonard, said. “I cried when we won tonight. And if anyone tells you they didn’t, they’re a liar.”

Also outside the ballpark, William Rosales said, “I’m in disbelief. I’ve never felt better. We’ll be out here celebrating all night — and we’ll be out here the entire World Series for our team.”

William Rosales (right) celebrating with his friend Ulysses Quijano outside Wrigley Field. | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times

William Rosales (right) celebrating with his friend Ulysses Quijano outside Wrigley Field. | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times

Another happy fan, Lee Berry, said, “This is history, and we’re here making magic together. The Cubs finally made it. And I can’t imagine being anywhere else right now.”

Lee Berry outside Wrigley Field celebrating the Cubs' NLCS win Saturday night that sent them to the World Series for the first time since 1945. | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times

Lee Berry outside Wrigley Field celebrating the Cubs’ win that sent them to the World Series for the first time since 1945. | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times

Ed Koenig of Darien was still in his seat an hour after the game — among thousands who stayed. His eyes welled up as he talked about his father, who died in May.

Koenig said he didn’t feel up for going to a Cubs game all season after that. So, when a friend won a lottery for tickets, he had to be convinced to go.

He showed off his father’s watch on his wrist and said, “I thought I was going without my dad — but I’m with him.”

A few miles away, Justin Moore, owner of Barrel Maker Printing, began printing the Major League Baseball official Cubs’ post-season T-shirts. The company will print approximately 2,600 shirts an hour through the night that will be sold in sporting stores throughout the country, Moore said.

“I grew up in Chicago, so I’m a Cubs fan, and it’s cool to be a part of something in the city that’s so big,” Moore said.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the Cubs’ victory “incredible. Absolutely incredible.

“We are witnessing history right before our eyes,” the mayor said. “Our Cubs just won the pennant. So fly the ‘W,’ Chicago. The fun continues in Cleveland on Tuesday night. Go, Cubs!”

Shawn Zuydema, celebrating with his daughter outside Wrigley Field, said, “I was at the Cubs game in 2008 when the Cubs lost to the Dodgers. This is vengeance. It feels great right now to see this happening.”

Shawn Zuydema celebrates with his daughter outside Wrigley Field on Saturday. "It feels great right now to see this happening." | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times

Shawn Zuydema celebrates with his daughter outside Wrigley Field on Saturday. “It feels great right now to see this happening.” | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times

Eva Peroulas missed the game because she had a reception to go to, but she and John Laftsidis decided to head to Wrigley Field afterward to join in the celebration.

“We’ve waited for this forever, so we had to come out here and celebrate,” Peroulas said. “I could cry. We’re going to celebrate until we can’t anymore. This is for my brother — he’s got a Cubs emblem on his tombstone, so we’re celebrating for him.”

Eva Peroulas and John Laftsidis celebrate outside Wrigley Field. | Jacob Wittich / Suin-Times

Eva Peroulas and John Laftsidis celebrate outside Wrigley Field. | Jacob Wittich / Suin-Times

Muhammad Vaince, a lifelong Cubs fan, said he flew from Orlando to cheer the Cubs on.

“I bought a ticket and flew all the way out here, and it was worth it,” Vaince said. “Chicago deserves this.”

Adnan Vaince (left) and Muhammad Vaince “fly the W” after the Cubs won Saturday. | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times

Adnan Vaince (left) and Muhammad Vaince “fly the W” after the Cubs won Saturday. | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times

Even on the South Side, there were some cheers for the North Siders.

“I’m a diehard Sox fan, no rooting for the Cubbies for me, but the crowd tonight is,” said Renee Renaud, who said she’s been a bartender for 26 years at First Base, 3201 S. Normal Ave. in Bridgeport near Sox park. “We have a lot of Cubs fans. It’s like a sea of blue in here tonight.”

Contributing: Matthew Hendrickson
Fans celebrate the Cubs win outside Wrigley Field. | Santiago Covarrubias / Sun-Times

Fans celebrate the Cubs’ win outside Wrigley Field. | Santiago Covarrubias / Sun-Times

Fans celebrate the Cubs' win outside Wrigley Field. | Santiago Covarrubias / Sun-Times

Fans celebrate the Cubs’ win outside Wrigley Field. | Santiago Covarrubias / Sun-Times

Fans celebrate the Cubs' win outside Wrigley Field. | Santiago Covarrubias / Sun-Times

Fans celebrate the Cubs’ win outside Wrigley Field. | Santiago Covarrubias / Sun-Times

Cubs fans celebrate after the win Saturday sent the team to its first World Series since 1945. | Ashlee Rezin / Sun-Times

Cubs fans celebrate after the win Saturday sent the team to its first World Series since 1945. | Ashlee Rezin / Sun-Times

From left, Sarah Guillermo and Oscar Leon celebrate. “This only happens every 71 years, so to be here right now is everything,” Oscar Leon said. “ | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times

From left, Sarah Guillermo and Oscar Leon celebrate. “This only happens every 71 years, so to be here right now is everything,” Oscar Leon said. “ | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times

The scene outside Wrigley Field. | Santiago Covarrubias / Sun-Times

The scene outside Wrigley Field. | Santiago Covarrubias / Sun-Times

Cubs fans celebrate outside Wrigley Field. | Ashlee Rezin / Sun-Times

Cubs fans celebrate outside Wrigley Field. | Ashlee Rezin / Sun-Times