There’s a truth behind why baseball is thought to be “America’s Pastime.” The excitement of a base hit, the strategic thinking behind movements on the field, the sound the ball makes when it slams into a bat for a home run and the infectious smell of popcorn all accumulate to make baseball one of the best games possible.
So when the Chicago Cubs qualified for the the playoffs this season, people of all ages young and old made their way to Wrigley Field. After an epic World Series win a year ago, they were prepared to get out there and support their Cubbies yet again.
Lauren Hinkson Hintzche attended the game with her husband in the bleachers at Wrigley Field for the first game of the NLCS playoffs, and like always she divulged in conversations with other fans around her. Two fans in question that she spoke with were brothers who were over the moon to watch their team play the Dodgers!
As the game was about to begin, two elderly fans slowly made their way up the stairs and tried to make their way through the steep bleacher section.
The events that followed would leave Lauren in complete shock. The moment she arrived home from the game that day she took to facebook to share what she had witnessed.
“An older couple sat next to John and I in the bleachers. They have season tickets up behind the plate but after some conversation found out that this is where their playoff tickets were. Anyone who has sat in the bleachers knows that even on a good day, the bleachers can be tough to navigate. Sitting to the right of us were the guys that you see in the picture. As we were all chatting (because you know in the bleachers we are all one big happy family) we find out they are brothers. One lives in Chicago and the other lives in San Diego and flew in to hang out with his brother.”
Lauren described how the elderly man seemed to be struggling to make his way up the stairs to find his seating. When fans noticed this they immediately jumped up to help him.
“During the game they would help the older gentleman stand when the crowd stood and the one guy stayed seated at times so this gentleman could see the game. During the game, this older couple held hands, he patted her knee and she helped him stand when there were exciting plays. About the 3rd inning she leaned over to me and said ‘He’s going through chemo right now. We have done about everything else we can do and this is the last step.’ (Well, if you are not tearing up right now, I did enough of that for you.) At one point the older gentleman leaned over to his wife and said ‘I just love this!'”
Seeing such beautiful care from the fans around her brought a tear to Lauren’s eye. Watching the Good Samaritans help the elderly couple was delightful to see and a blessing to them.
“So, at the end of the game, these 2 awesome guys made sure the older gentleman made it up the stairs with no problems . I gave both of those guys big hugs and thanked them for their generosity! With all the [crud] going on in the world, I felt this was a story I had to tell.”Once again, the reputation of Wrigley Field being “The Friendly Confines” held true. These young men didn’t need to get involved, but they knew the elderly man could use hand!”