Lifelong Cubs fan gets World Series ticket surprise

- Steven Henneberry is such a big Cubs fan, he named his dog "Wrigley" and his license plates say "GoCubGo".

When the team played in Chicago over the weekend, he got a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a front row seat to history.

Hennebery grew up in the Windy City, a die-hard Cubs fan. He even spent a summer working security for the team.

When the Cubs went to the World Series, even though they didn't have tickets, Henneberry and his wife drove to Chicago to soak up the atmosphere watching Game 5 at a sandwich shop a few blocks from Wrigley Field.

"All of a sudden my buddy calls and says 'I got a ticket for you' and I was just shocked. Crazy, crazy, crazy," Henneberry said.

It turns out Henneberry's best friend from high school, FoxSports writer Dieter Kurtenbach, was hanging out near Wrigley Field too.

When a stranger in an SUV gave him a ticket to the game he couldn't use, Kurtenbach, who is a White Sox fan, gave it to the biggest Cubs fan he knew.

"I'm thinking to myself. This has got to be a fake ticket or this is too good to be true. It wasn't until the ticket scanner popped go that I was like 'This is going to happen,'" Henneberry said.

As Henneberry approached the stadium, Kris Bryant hit a homerun to tie the game.

"The ground literally shook there was so much excitement," Henneberry said.

He got to his seat in time to sing along with Eddie Vedder during the 7th inning stretch and his fellow Cubs fans when the team won its first World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945.

"There are so many people out there who've been waiting their whole life to see this sort of thing happen. For me, it's a little overwhelming to be there and get to witness it myself," Henneberry said.

He has a few souvenirs to prove his fairy tale actually happened, but in the end, he says it will be the memories that mean the most.

"Can't wait to tell my son about it when he's a little older," Henneberry said.

Henneberry joked Kurtenbach doesn't have to get him a Christmas present for the next 50 years.

If you'd like to read Kurtenbach's story about what happened, click here.

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