カブスの前回優勝年に生まれ108年越しの栄光を見届けたおばあちゃん、ワールドシリーズ制覇の1週間後に逝去



1908年の優勝以来、108年ぶりのワールドシリーズを制覇し、世界的なニュースとなったシカゴ・カブス。特に、「ヤギの呪い」や、先ごろの大統領選挙の予想も含め注目を浴びた「『バック・トゥー・ザ・フューチャー2』の予言」は大きく話題になった。そんな中、地元シカゴでは、カブスが前回優勝した年に生まれ、108年後の今回の優勝とともにその生涯を終えたカブス・ファンの女性、マーベル・ボールさんの訃報が大きく報じられている。


シカゴ・トリビューン紙によると、マーベルさんは、11月8日、ノースブルックのコヴナント村で心臓麻痺で逝去したという。

彼女の人生はカブスが優勝する2ヶ月前、1908年の夏にイリノイ州で始まった。もちろん、この時の記憶があるわけではないが、地元チームを応援しながら108年の時をカブスと共に過ごし、今年のポストシーズンから約半月、11月2日のカブスの優勝を迎えるまで、最古参のカブスファンとして、テレビの取材などをたびたび受けていた。

75歳になる息子のリッチさんは「凄い皮肉、ほんと信じられないような皮肉みたいだけど、優勝を待ちに待った人が、それが実現した時に言ったんだ、"やるべき事はやってしまった、そろそろ失礼しようかしら"って。笑えないけど可笑しすぎるよね」と母の死について口を開いた。

マーベルさんの人生最後の1ヶ月は、過去108年の間で最も慌ただしいものだったかもしれない。最も優勝から遠かったチームの最も古いであろうファンとして、たびたびメディアに紹介され、その存在はアメリカ全土のみならず世界に配信された。ちょっとしたセレブリティになったことを息子が冗談で「有名になってどんな気分?」と尋ねると「ナンセンスだわね」と答えたというマーベルさん。息子のリッチさんは、「有名人と呼んでいまさら誇張されることはなく、とっても素晴らしい人でした。そんな母だったんです」と語ったという。


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That cat is up to something, and we want no part of it.
WHOA
"What, what is this?"
"You'd rather take a picture of a straw than take one of me?
"Took a picture of baby Avery and dachshund Milo tunneled behind her to get in the picture." -Submitted By: Diane Lenier
Watch out, baby!
Who's bombing who?
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
"Oh sorry, wrong room."
"What are you reading?"
At least someone is trying to stop these from happening.
Nothing like a perfectly timed tail.
The beer is poison!
"Why are you taking pictures of butts?"
It's cool, he's the new boom mic operator.
"My turn next!"
Just really happy to be here.
At least that last guy is in the picture.
This cat's great-grandchildren are probably in this slideshow as well.
"Turn left on Sunset."
"I want to sit on the chair."
Sneak attack is underway.
Stopping inappropriate Facebook photo uploads since 2008.
How is he even doing that with his neck?
What are you doing here?
Also: "Soon"
Talk about a third wheel.
The other cat REALLY doesn't like glamour shots.
"Um, I think someone forgot my Fancy Feast."
"Do I smell fish?"
"Um, a little help?"
What is this contraption.
We're assuming that this guy was attempting to take an underwater selfie.
"Ignore me!"
He does not approve.
His night vision is perfect for interrupting hipster photo shoots.
He stood on that pinecone to get in this photo: commitment.
"Sorry, did I ruin your postcard?"
Still part of the family.
Maybe planned, still terrific.
"My husband and I were taking our border collie, Jack, out for his daily beach run and play. (This) is the photo of him being photobombed. I didn't see the dog until I saw it on the screen after the photo was taken."- Submitted By Laura Hancock
"I was trying to take a picture of this cute Waterbuck calf, when it's mom stepped in to see what I was doing to her baby...LOL." Submitted by: Karen Stephens
"I was taking a picture of my cat Simon one day when Teddy got a bit jealous (like he always does). Hope you enjoy!" Submitted by: Hali Jakeman
Submitted by: Karen Lyons Kalmenson
In our experience cats really do hate driving.
This dog is huge!
Where was this cat standing?
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"Here is Badger, completely unaware of his archenemy Groucho doing the bombing..." -Submitted By: Kimberly Rai Cook
Submitted By: Heather Smith Robitzek
Submitted By: Christopher Guignon
Hey! Me too, right?
Submitted By: Alan Kelly
"Photobomb of my dachshund with my then 3-month-old daughter." -Submitted By: Melanie Walsh
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This goat would clearly lose hide-and-seek.
That cat takes itself way too seriously.
"I was taking head shots for a friend when Albert kept entering the frame and posing. This is the shot when my friend had had enough." - Submitted By: Kathlyn Horan
These cows would have been such a good background otherwise.
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All the dog that's fit to photograph.
Aflac has to be responsible for this.
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"My husky is pretty angry she's not included in the picture." -Submitted By: Kimberly Fernandez
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"An animal photobomb taken in the "off leash" portion of Austin's Town Lake hike and bike trail. This is actually our dog, presumably telling us how she really feels about the new baby!" -Submitted By: Joanna
Just wait for it.
"Well, hello!"
"I make this look easy."
The lion doesn't even know he is posing, he's just naturally suave.
This dolphin really deserves credit for making this picture great.
"Dog park fun (Jack, Marley, and Kiana) getting their picture taken when a great dane decides to make a cameo!!" -Submitted By: Brynn Fesler
"I'm part of the family too. Why shouldn't I be in the picture?"
"Another animal is getting more attention than me!"
Maybe this was planned?
"Oh, you were taking a picture?"
Just a man, a woman, and their horse.
Even dogs can enjoy 3D.
The photographer is holding a steak.
This donkey has a place to go.
HEEYYYY!
Quick window bomb before flying away.
Just gonna sneak in here.
Cool boat, dude.
Pretty scenic, huh?
Bet he didn't see that coming.
Is this cute or just incredibly creepy?
Finally worked!
Nope, FCC cat doesn't approve of this.
Get a room.
Down here!
He knew what he was doing.
Sweet picture, dude.
Classic.
HEY!
This probably ended well.
Don't get out of the car.
Double Bomb.
That couch looks pretty comfy.
Dude, pipe down over there.
What's he planning?
When you gotta go, you gotta go.
Up close and personal.
You're never too young to get photobombed.
Cute couple.
C'mon, ditch the girl and come play with this ball.
Not just any goat bomb, but a sarcastic goat bomb.
Sup?
Cool speech, bro.
Nice costume, kid.
Cheeeeeese!
This way's better.
A fun-filled day at the park.
What are you guys up to?
Seriously?
Poor dog never even saw it coming.
BEHIND YOU!
Bears have needs, too.
Don't let the hair distract you from the bomb.
C'mon, I'm cute too.
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