A relative's social media post was the catalyst for longtime Cubs fan and Columbia resident Paul Kimball to have an opportunity to watch game 3 of the World Series in person at Wrigley Field.
Kimball's stepdaughter told the story on Facebook of the 81-year-old Kimball who saw was 10 years old when the Cubs made their last World Series appearance in 1945. The post was noticed by people affiliated with Starwood Preferred Guest which is part of Marriott International. That company arranged for Paul and his wife to come to Chicago for the World Series, providing them with two tickets and hotel accommodations.
Paul is not just a Cubs fan. He grew up in the Windy City just a few blocks from Wrigley Field. After moving to Washington, D.C., Paul eventually retired as a Navy Commander and settled in Irmo.
With SPG continuing its mission of creating once-in-a-lifetime experience for its members, Paul's family will have the pleasure of knowing he is taking part in one of those experiences which will bring him back to his childhood home for a very special Homecoming.
No doubt Paul's story is one of many involving a group of people known as "Long Suffering Cubs Fans" - LCSFs. Those long-suffering Cubs supporters are deliriously happy with the franchise's return to baseball's biggest stage and thanks to SPG and a Facebook post, Paul Kimbel will be in the audience Friday night for Game 3.