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    Posted April 14, 2014 by
    Chicago, Illinois
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wrigley Field memories

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    Growing Up With The Cubbies!


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     debgordils, 53, was born and raised in the neighborhood around Wrigley Field, and, today, the 100-year-old ballpark is just as much a part of her own children's lives. "We dine and play near the ballpark and, of course, we attend games when we can," she said.

    The Cubs fan has been attending home games since she was 10 or 11-years-old, she says. Her greatest memory of the ballpark is from when she worked at the bleacher burger stand in high school. "A home run ball hit against the Cubs by Dave Parker of the Pittsburgh Pirates came right at me," she said. She scooped up the ball and kept it even though she wishes "it wouldn't have happened against my beloved Cubbies."
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    My parents lived in Wrigleyville when I was born. Mom had a record shop in the 50's on Clark street, she later opened a beauty shop on Addison where they now sell Cub tickets.The ball park has always been a part of my neighborhood. If mom and Dad went to the grocery store, we passed the ballpark, a trip out of the house always involved passing Wrigley, either by car, bus, or walking. In grade school when the windows were left open, we knew when the Cubs were winning because we were able to hear the cheers and chants along with the organ playing .ta ta ta ta ta ta ta ta atatatata and then the crowd would roar again!. On Fridays, many of us would meet up on Waveland and stand in line after school to get a trash bag, to collect drink cups left behind by fans and we would be required to lift the wooden seats as we cleaned up the aisle in exchange for a free game ticket to the next days game. In high school , I took a job flipping burgers in the bleachers and recall "the Cat walk" long since replaced with extra seating as the way to enter the main stadium during our breaks. Once, way before throwing the homerun balls back into the field,while on my way over the cat walk, Dave Parker hit a grandslam against the Cubs and I was there to swoop it up. I may still have it. lol
    My children received Cub clothing as gifts at their baby showers and they randomly were chosen to appear in the Cub movie " Heart & Soul of A Team" a coincidence that only God could have brought full circle.
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