Cubs Fan Spreads Ashes at Wrigley Field, Drops Ash-Filled Bag on the Floor
A listener of ours was in Chicago on Saturday for Game 4 of the World Series and saw something kind of strange. Sharon shared her story with us below.
My husband and I were at the World Series game on Saturday. We were in the third row next to the bullpen pitching mound. Before the game started, a guy walked up with a friend who was taking video.
He had a plastic baggie with ashes in it and a photo of his dad. He did a short dialogue where he said something like "I always wanted to take you to a Cubs World Series game, and here we are." He dumped ashes over the wall and onto the field.
What was weird, though, was he dropped the baggie on the concrete floor when he was done and it still had some ashes in it. He left. What ashes were left fell out of the plastic baggie on the floor.
It was kind of touching and disturbing at the same time, especially knowing that the ashes were getting stepped on every time someone came up to the wall to take selfies with the field behind them. Creepy! My husband wonders if it wasn't real. A picture is below:
Let me tell you, it was hilarious watching people's faces when someone in the front row would tell them they were standing on a dead guy while talking selfies! Some laughed out loud and others were shocked or saddened by the whole thing.
Everyone sitting around that area was unsure of what to do when that guy ran off without his baggie. I think he was trying to get away quickly so he wouldn't get caught by security.
Do we leave the baggie there? If not, what do you do with it? Throw it in the trash? Bury it? And if you bury it, it would have to be later. Do you throw it in your purse? So many options... none of them seemed appropriate.
And what about the ashes left behind? We opted to just leave it all where it was. I'm not sure I want to deal with any kind of negative karma from handling it wrong.
For Cubs fans that are looking for a more traditional form of burial, the Bohemian National Cemetery is offering up a replica of Wrigley Field's wall. They call it "Beyond the Vines," and offers die-hard fans an "eternal skybox."
“[It’s] a place where people can come, instead of being sad about their loved ones being gone, they can come to a happy place and think about ball games that they went to as a child and think about mom, dad, or their brothers,” said Chuck Betzold with the cemetery.