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Cubs fans left a lasting impression on new GM Carter Hawkins after the 2016 World Series

2 years agoTony Andracki

Cubs fans made their mark on Carter Hawkins five years ago.

The new Cubs GM was introduced to Chicago Monday afternoon and told a story about his first memories of Wrigley Field and this one-of-a-kind fanbase.

Hawkins spent the last 14 years serving in multiple roles in the Cleveland front office. Of course, those two teams are connected forever in baseball history after 2016’s incredible World Series.

In fact, that fall is the only time Hawkins — who actually has a daughter named Ivy — has ever been to Wrigley Field for a game.

He attended Games 3, 4 and 5 of the 2016 World Series on Chicago’s North Side and watched as his Cleveland squad took the first two contests by a combined score of 8-2.

As Cubs fans well know, Game 5 turned the tide in the series. Jon Lester had a gutsy performance, Kris Bryant hit a clutch homer off Trevor Bauer and Aroldis Chapman picked up an 8-out save as the Cubs pushed the series back to Cleveland.

After Game 5, Hawkins remembers the passion of Cubs fans shining through — all the way from Wrigley Field to O’Hare Airport.

“I have this vivid memory of being on the team bus, driving away from Wrigley Field to the airport and we were just inching along,” Hawkins said. “Barely going anywhere. All I could hear was ‘Go Cubs Go’ over and over and over and over. And it was annoying at the time, but I also had this moment of clarity of just how unbelievable a moment that was for the organization, for the city, for Cubs fans all over the world.”

Hawkins is a key hire in Jed Hoyer’s front office, bringing in an outside perspective to a group that is trying to build another consistent winner on Chicago’s North Side.

“There are hundreds and hundreds of people who are working every single day, 364 days out of the year to bring those moments back to Chicago over and over and over again,” Hawkins said. “I cannot wait to roll my sleeves up and be a part of that process.”

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