There’s no denying that with Mesa being home to the Chicago Cubs spring training, there are many fans hoping to be a part of history in the making this week. But have they started a GoFundMe account to go visit the Windy City?
Well, Mesa native Victoria Romero did on Saturday night as soon as the Cubs clinched the National League Championship Series after waiting 71 years, way longer than the 37-year-old can remember first becoming a fan.
Romero said words cannot describe her feelings Saturday night, but the photo above does.
“It was so overwhelming! I cried, I laughed, I called all my close people, including my mom, who was with my dad at his high school reunion. Friends that know and understand my love for this team. The feeling was at the level of the birth of my children,” she said.
The mother of three has been a Cubs fan for as long as she can remember.
“When I was 4 or 5 we got cable and the WGN station, and my parents enjoyed watching them. They loved summer Sunday baseball, so if we (my sister and I) wanted to hang out with the folks, we watched Cubs baseball,” Romero said. “There wasn’t much to do before getting a pool on an Arizona summer weekend.”
Her parents even grew up in Mesa; her mother graduated from Westwood High and her father, Mesa High.
“This entire season has been a dream come true for Cubs fans,” Romero said. “I pinch myself, a lot. And I thought the inaugural season of the new spring training facility in Mesa was exciting!”
It was that die-hard fan in her that prompted Romero to joke about having to experience history in Chicago, but needed help paying for her trip.
“I kept joking about it with some friends and everyone encouraged me to just do it. So, I did it. I started a GoFundMe account,” she laughed, admitting that she had already bought her airplane ticket to get there in August because she “believed” they would make it to the World Series. While she’ll stay with friends, the $750 of her $2,500 goal Romero has already raised on her GoFundMe account will be used for her plane flight home.
She leaves tomorrow and will be there for the Friday game in Chicago.
“I have the need to support them. I need to be there. It comes from the depth of my soul. Unless you have the passion that I have for my Cubs, you have no idea what I’m talking about,” Romero said. “I don’t have as many years as some fans, but this is history, this is my team making history. I want to be in their atmosphere, in their home.”
Romero has attended as many as 12 Cubs spring training games a season in Mesa so her three kids think she’s both crazy and awesome.
“My son is pretty jealous. If I could afford to take them all, I would,” Romero said. “They think it’s pretty cool I’m doing this. They know my love of this team.”
Romero will be sending MyNewsMesa.com live feeds, photos and her thoughts from Chicago once she arrives in the Windy City tomorrow.
She has friends to stay with so now Romero only needs money for a ticket to a game. Even if she doesn’t make it into Wrigley Field, bars in Wrigleyville are rumored to be charging $250 just to get in and watch the games.
“I just want to be there to take it all in, even if I’m watching in a bar near Wrigley Field,” Romero said. “If the rest of the GoFundMe fills, I may have a chance to at least get in, otherwise, I will be enjoying the games from the friendly confines of my favorite part of Chicago, Wrigleyville.”
Help Romero live her dream by donating to: https://www.gofundme.com/get-me-to-the-world-series-2vrymw4?pc=sms_db_co2876_v1
“I believe. Go Cubs!”
– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.