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Some skipped Cubs rally, crowds and visited Harry Caray’s grave

Tim Fortwengler of Prospect Heights was among those who skipped the Cubs' World Series victory rally downtown Friday and visited the grave of Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray instead. It was decorated with green apples left by fans who remember what Caray had once said: "Sure as God made green apples, someday the Chicago Cubs are going to be in the World Series."

While throngs cheered on the Cubs at Grant Park, a stream of fans and the merely curious celebrated the World Series victory in a quieter way Friday by visiting the late Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray’s grave at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.

Tim Fortwengler, 57, was one of them. The Prospect Heights resident said he had some appointments and errands Friday, so he couldn’t make it downtown for the rally and parade honoring his team.

“But they’ll repeat next year,” Fortwengler said. “So I can go to next year’s rally.”

Bobby Fagan, a New York Mets fan, lives in Brooklyn but was in town for business, staying with friends in Highland Park.

“I didn’t want to go to the parade,” said Fagan, 48, figuring it would be too hard to get to, given the crowds. “But I knew I could get here.”

He looked up the cemetery and drove over.

“I’m a lifelong Mets fan, but Chicago’s my favorite city,” he said. “I love to see the Cubs win, I’m thrilled.

“If the Mets aren’t going to win, I like to see the Cubs win.”

Fagan, a window salesman, flew in from New York’s LaGuardia Airport Thursday.

“Six hours after the win, people were selling Cubs gear at LaGuardia,” he said, including hats, kids’ clothes and replicas of Caray’s signature glasses.