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97-Year-Old Cubs Fan Receives Front Row Tickets To World Series After 71-Year Wait

This diehard fan saw the Cubs in their last World Series—back in 1945!—and he'll see them again, thanks to a generous gift.

Being a devoted sports fan isn’t easy. You experience wins and losses, highs and lows with your team, and through it all, you support them and cheer them on. Sometimes, your loyalty can really pay off. It certainly did for 97-year-old Pearl Harbor veteran Jim Schlegel. After 71 years, this die-hard Cubs fan is finally going to know what it’s like to watch his team play in the World Series again.

Schlegel was in attendance at a few games when the Cubs last made it to the World Series—way back in 1945. His team lost that series and hasn’t made it back—until now. When Schlegel’s granddaughter Helen Schlegel heard the news, she immediately set up a GoFundMe page. The page was called “Get My Grandpa To The World Series,” Huffington Post reports.

Her goal was to raise $10,000, which would be enough for two tickets to a game.

As luck would have it, Marcus Lemonis, Host of CNBC’s “The Profit,” saw the campaign. He just so happened to be looking for a Cubs fan worthy of free World Series tickets, and Schlegel was a clear winner.

Lemonis donated two Game 3 tickets to Schlegel. Schlegel told Huffington Post that he’ll be taking his son with him to the game in Chicago on Friday.

“I appreciate your generosity, and hope we bring in a winner,” Schlegel said to Lemonis in a video posted to Twitter by his granddaughter.

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“My grandpa is beyond excited to go to the game,” Helen told The Huffington Post. “It all just feels so unreal still.”

So, it’s off to the game for Schlegel and his son. If you’d like to donate, the GoFundMe page that was originally created to send him to the game, is now turning its profits over to the Purple Heart Foundation, an organization that supports veterans. Over $12,000 has been raised already.

Lemonis plans to match the money the page raises too.

Go Cubs!

[h/t: Huffington Post]