Des Moines Retirement Home Struck With Cubs Fever

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- You know it's a Cubs gameday when you step inside Des Moines' 3801 Grand retirement home during the lunch hour.

"When you get older people together, you think it's going to be quiet but they are kind of raucous," said Bob Casber.

Dozens of fans rally for each playoff game by singing baseball classics like "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and "Go Cubs Go."

Dressed in Cubs gear from head to toe, they have cheered on the team for decades.

"I was born in the Chi, so I've been a fan for 81 years," said Ila-Rae Wieck of Des Moines.

Saying they are anxious for a chance for the Cubs to move on to the World Series is an understatement.

"Well, I'm adding some prayers," said Dutchie.

Others know that friends who have passed on wouldn't believe the Cubs have such a legitimate title shot.

"Just can't imagine all the people turning over in their graves," said Bill Salmon.

For Cubs fans, those prayers have gone unanswered for over 100 years.

"Disappointment at times but I'm always a Cubbie," said Toni Casber.

Through it all, Dutchie said they've found a silver lining.

"I've always said I'm not going to check out until the Cubs win so I've lived a long life."

Combined, they've seen over a thousand years of baseball and aren't afraid to step into the coaches box.

"They've got to start making contact, instead of swinging for the fence," said Salmon.

Toni Casber agreed, saying, "It's nice to have home runs but to really play the game you have to move to the bases."

Many are eager for the Cubs to hoist the World Series trophy.

"It would be something that happens once a lifetime," said Bob Casber.

While it may be the first championship for them to witness,  this retirement home knows how to celebrate.

"If the Cubs win, they are going to go crazy. It'll be almost like going to a sports bar probably," said Toni Casber

Ila-Rae says they celebrate a team that is making many feel quite young again.

"Just great to see people that may not remember what they had for breakfast but they remember Go Cubs Go!"


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