Cubs win home opener

April 13, 2009 (CHICAGO) Hundreds of fans showed up early and thousands more came later bundled up in parkas and rain coats to watch the Cubs play the Colorado Rockies.

It may seem more like football weather outside but that's hardly an excuse to keep Cubs fans away from the home opener.

It's tradition for a lot of fans. And for some fans, it will also be the anniversary of their engagement which happened right before the game.

"He got down on one knee and I said yes," said Carla Greenberg, newly engaged Cubs fan.

"We're both just huge Cub fans and we just couldn't think of any better place to do it than Wrigley Field before opening day . There was just no better scenario than here," said Greg Haddock.

Most fans started early for the Cubs' home opener, starting at one of the many establishments and filling up on the traditional dose of Cub optimism, mixed in with experience.

"I made a prediction last year and I was wrong but you know what? We're looking a little bit better this year. And World Series, here we come," said Shaina Barnes, Cubs fan.

"Everybody's telling me and I have to agree, it's one of the best Cub teams we've seen in many years and as a cub fan, I have to tell you, that don't mean a thing," said Lin Bremer, WXRT radio personality.

The rain delayed the start of the game by about an hour or so but the players are like their fans -- hearty Chicagoans. Even the demand for tickets to this sellout was high.

"The Cubs, Chicago, you know? Got to see the Cub, opening day," said Dave Sapyta.

The game even drew Gov. Pat Quinn who unlike his predecessor is actually a South Side fan.

"I was born a Sox fan, I am a Sox fan. But my heart is big enough for two teams. And I think we need two teams in Chicago. Because you can't have a World Series playing only on one side of town. We want it on both sides of town," said Quinn.

One man tried to break the so called curse. He was turned away, however, when he tried to bring his goat into the park.

"We came down to break the curse and, according to what we heard, all you got to do is willingly let us in and the curse would be lifted. We went out of our way to make sure the Cubs didn't even know we were coming and here at the gate they said no live animals, sorry," said Eddie Weingartner, Cubs fan.

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