Mark and Tony Matera, father and son, are beaming.
“This is the most fun I’ve ever had,” Mark said. “Ever, ever, ever.”
“I’m just so excited for my dad more than anything,” Tony said.
The Materas are Cubs fans and these are their glory days—the Cubs are in the World Series.
Mark, 71, was an infant when the Chicago Cubs last played in the World Series. A retired Port Washington dentist who now lives in Florida, he flew to Port last week. One reason for the visit was to spend time with Tony, but the other reason—the one that gave him the most fun ever—was to attend Sunday night’s World Series game at Wrigley Field.
Mark’s daughter Jennifer Matera May, who lives in Irving Park, Ill., scored two tickets and she and her dad were there to cheer the Cubs to a victory that kept them alive in the Series with the Cleveland Indians.
“He is grinning ear to ear,” Tony said. “Never thought he’d see it.”
Tony, who watched the game on TV with his niece and nephew, recalled that when he was growing up in Port Washington his father was such a devoted Cubs fan that the family Christmas tree sported a Cubby at the top instead of a star or an angel.
“We didn’t have an option,” Tony said. “Instead of a boy named Sue, he dressed me in Bears and Cubs clothes and sent me to school in Wisconsin.”
Despite lean years that turned into decades, Mark did not raise Tony to believe in the famous Cubs Curse of the Billy Goat said to account for the usually dismal seasons.
“Who brings a goat to a stadium?” Tony said.
Mark said he has nothing against goats, but added in a serious tone, “I don’t seek them out.”