The Cubs had a special message for fans in final Wrigley Field game of the season
David Ross and the Cubs didn’t take for granted the support they received from the Wrigley Field faithful day in and day out.
“You’re the best,” Ross said prior to Sunday’s home finale. “It’s a special place to be. It’s a special park to come to. It’s a special energy, Wrigleyville, the whole area around here. Thank you so much for the unwavering support. The love they show us constantly doesn’t go unnoticed.”
For Ross, he appreciated the fans remaining engaged no matter the situation.
“This fanbase has supported us all year through good and bad and turning out even when we’re not in a playoff race and getting on their feet in 3-2 counts and big pitches,” Ross said. “It’s a knowledgeable fanbase, a supportive fanbase.”
It’s why, after the final out was recorded in the Cubs’ 8-1 win over the Reds, Ross and the rest of the coaching staff and players stayed on the field clapping and singing along as “Go Cubs Go” blared throughout Wrigley Field.
So stamp your feet and clap your hands,— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) October 2, 2022
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That’s something the team has done for most of the year, too — in private. Midway through the season, the team started playing the tune in the clubhouse after wins and would clap along with the song. Sunday, the fans got a peek into what the Cubs’ clubhouse is like after wins this season.
“It cracked me up that they were just clapping in unison like they do after every win,” Ross said. “It’s nice when these guys are doing it in the locker room [and] it’s nice to do with the fans today.”
The good vibes and sentiments have been felt all season by players and for Marcus Stroman, it was special to him to experience it for the first time.
“The slogan is ‘It’s different here’ for a reason — because it truly is,” Stroman said. “The fanbase is truly incredible from Day 1 all the way up until the end. The support that they’ve had for us it’s hard to put into words, man. It doesn’t exist in sports to have such a loyal fanbase, that kinda rocks with you through it all.”
That’s why they wanted to stay on the field and revel in the positive flow of a winning streak and the end of the baseball season at the “Friendly Confines.”
“We’re extremely thankful,” Stroman said. “I’m extremely thankful to be a Chicago Cub. I can’t wait to continue to go out there and perform for this fanbase. I love everything about being a Cub and the fanbase has a lot to do with it.”
Longtime Cub Willson Contreras knows how special it is, too.
He received ovations in his first and final at-bats of the day and then another when he exited the game in the 8th inning for a pinch runner. After the final line of “Go Cubs Go”, the rest of the players and coaches headed back into the clubhouse and Contreras stayed on the field, soaking in the appreciation from fans as he heads into an uncertain offseason.
“I was just looking around, appreciating every single fan that came out to support us the last game of the season,” Contreras said. “Taking a moment at this special place. Wrigley Field is nothing but special.”
Willson Contreras is the last Cub on the field, soaking it all in. pic.twitter.com/H1u5vfkBQS— Andy Martínez (@amartinez_11) October 2, 2022