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Cubs have started to wash off the chalk drawings at Wrigley Field

Messages in support of the Chicago Cubs’ championship run and in remembrance of friends and family who never saw the Cubs win the World Series, were written and drawn in chalk on an outer wall at Wrigley Field.
Messages in support of the Chicago Cubs’ championship run and in remembrance of friends and family who never saw the Cubs win the World Series, were written and drawn in chalk on an outer wall at Wrigley Field. The Associated Press

As if erasing 108 years of misery wasn’t enough, the Cubs’ World Series victory this month provided a number of cool moments.

There was the celebration after Game 7 of the World Series at Wrigley Field, the impromptu autograph session outside of Ben Zobrist’s house, the massive parade and celebration, and nearly everything Bill Murray did.

But this may have been the most special: fans decorated the brick outer walls at Wrigley Field with chalk drawings.

Some even wrote the names of relatives who died before they could see the Cubs finally win a World Series title.

Ah, but it wasn’t a permanent addition to Wrigley Field (it’s chalk, so of course not). The Cubs told fans that the messages would be removed.

“Due to the start of offseason construction, we will need to fence in these beautiful postseason memorials and remove the artwork from all areas of the ballpark,” president of business operations Crane Kenney said in a letter to fans, according to the Chicago Tribune. “While we hate to remove these cherished messages, chalk is a fleeting medium. To preserve these images, we will continue to photograph the outfield bleacher walls so we may share these postseason wall messages publicly in the future.”

The removal of the chalk messages has started, according to the Tribune’s Paul Sullivan, who shared a photo.

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