The heartwarming story of Willson Contreras’ profound impact on one family of Cubs fans
It’s different here.
That has been the slogan of the Chicago Cubs 2022 season and although the North Siders won’t be in contention for October baseball, you never know what magic will happen at Wrigley Field.
During an inning break in Saturday’s game at Wrigley Field, fans Andrea and Crystal Gonzalez got the attention of Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. Adorned with photos, they held a customized poster that read: “Our Grandpa is a Contreras too. He was your biggest fan.”
“We kinda got disappointed because we thought we weren’t gonna see him because he was on the injured list. We didn’t see him during practice,” Andrea Gonzalez said. “Then, the people that were sitting in front of us had said they had seen him in the dugout, so I got all excited. I wanted to go get his attention. [I] walked over there, saw him in the dugout, he turned around, he saw the sign and he’s like, ‘I’ll sign it later.’”
Contreras yelled out that he would meet them after the game to autograph the poster. After the game ended, he kept his word. Andrea and Crystal were being ushered away when Contreras whistled to get their attention.
“We got so excited,” they said.
A security guard removed the netting next to the Cubs dugout where the emotional fans embraced the All-Star catcher.
While Contreras signed a few baseballs, the ladies explained the fandom of their grandpa, Sebastian Contreras, who passed away in February. They also pointed to the photos on the poster of pallbearers wearing No. 40 Cubs jerseys with “Contreras” scrawled across the back.
The Cubs catcher graciously signed the poster and posed with the fans for a photo.
“He was a Cubs fan his whole life,” Andrea said of her grandfather. “He never missed a game. If he couldn’t watch it, he had the game on the radio listening to it.”
Check out more on what the moment with Contreras meant to the family in the video above.