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David Ross, Cubs remember Wrigleyville ‘staple’, Murphy’s owner Beth Murphy

1 year agoAndy Martinez

The memory is vivid in Cubs’ manager David Ross’ mind.

It’s 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic had shut everything down, but things — seemingly — were normalizing, even if just a touch. Ross was living near Wrigley Field, just around the corner from historic Murphy’s Bleachers on the corner of Sheffield and Waveland. He’d pop into the iconic establishment, a “staple” for Cubs fans before and after games, and have a meal from the longtime owner Beth Murphy.

“It was nice to have somebody cooking over there, when things started to open back up a little bit and having a place to go and grab a bite to eat and take it back to my place was fun,” Ross said.

Murphy, 68, passed away on Monday after a long battle with kidney cancer. Ross had received word on Sunday night that it was a possibility, and when he found out she passed away, he went to Murphy’s on Monday.

“Yeah, just stopping by and trying to — I don’t know, just feel the vibe,” Ross said. “I grabbed lunch there. It was a good little stop, said hi to [general manager] Freddy [Fagenholz] and met her son for the first time and some of the family members.”

It was a time to remember a figure in the Wrigleyville community and celebrate her life and impact.

“It was a lot of people there, just kinda having a drink for her and talking about some good [things],” Ross said. “I got some good history from Freddy about how things transpired — which I never really knew — and how big of an impact she had had. She’s always been great to us and obviously to a lot of the coaches and the fans around. That place is a staple for Chicago and the Cubs.”

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