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Inside Wrigley Field, the brick walls are covered by the stadium's famous ivy, but on the outside, they are exposed.

This fall, Chicagoans have vandalized those walls. For good.

Fans started writing messages for the Cubs on the wall as the team began its playoff run. The Cubs politely erased the art at the start of the World Series, but in recent days, they have let their fans run wild. Between Games 5 and 6, as the series moved back to Cleveland, fans adorned the walls of Sheffield Avenue and Waveland Avenue with rally cries.





The walls became a place for fans to pay tribute to loved ones missing out on the action. Before this season, the Cubs had not made the World Series since 1945 and had not won since 1908.

When the Cubs finally stood atop the baseball world again Wednesday night, Wrigleyville became Party Center U.S.A. Part of the celebration involved masses of fans grabbing chalk and etching the names of loved ones.


In the morning, fans were still finding any spot they could:





The fate of the walls is currently unclear. Chalk was used, which certainly cannot last forever, just as, believe it or not, one day, this celebration of the Cubs' first title in 108 years will end. With the parade looming Friday, it doesn't look like the Cubs are itching to clean off the Wrigley Field walls quite yet. After all, as Pete Rose said on Fox's postgame show, this is the Cubs' first World Series championship in their new ballpark.

The Cubs are already a tradition-rich franchise, but maybe a real memorial, rather than a chalk version, at Wrigley Field could be a new institution.

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