There’s a reason why baseball is considered to be “America’s Pastime.” The thrill of a base hit, the strategy behind shifts on the field, the sound the ball makes when it collides with a bat for a home run and the smell of popcorn all combine to make one of the best sports imaginable.
So when the Chicago Cubs made it to the playoffs this season, people young and old flocked to Wrigley Field. After a fairytale World Series win last year, they were ready to cheer their Cubbies on once again…
As Lauren Hinkston Hintzsche took her seat alongside her husband in the bleachers at Wrigley Field for Game One of the NLCS playoffs, she started to chat with the other fans in the section. Two of those fellow fans were brothers who were thrilled to be able to see their team play against the Dodgers!
Just as they were all getting settled into their seats, two elderly fans scuttled up the stairs and tried to navigate the steep bleacher section.
What happened next left Lauren in complete shock. As soon as she got home, Lauren took to Facebook to share what she saw:
“An older couple sat next to John and I in the bleachers. They have season tickets up behind the plate but after some conversation found out that this is where their playoff tickets were. Anyone who has sat in the bleachers knows that even on a good day, the bleachers can be tough to navigate. Sitting to the right of us were the guys that you see in the picture. As we were all chatting (because you know in the bleachers we are all one big happy family) we find out they are brothers. One lives in Chicago and the other lives in San Diego and flew in to hang out with his brother.”
Lauren wrote that the fellow fans noticed immediately that the older gentleman was struggling to navigate the stairs. So the guys leaped up to help him.
“During the game they would help the older gentleman stand when the crowd stood and the one guy stayed seated at times so this gentleman could see the game. During the game, this older couple held hands, he patted her knee and she helped him stand when there were exciting plays. About the 3rd inning she leaned over to me and said ‘He’s going through chemo right now. We have done about everything else we can do and this is the last step.’ (Well, if you are not tearing up right now, I did enough of that for you.) At one point the older gentleman leaned over to his wife and said ‘I just love this!'”
At this point, Lauren couldn’t help but get teary-eyed. Seeing these Good Samaritans and their helpfulness was an absolute blessing to this couple.
“So, at the end of the game, these 2 awesome guys made sure the older gentleman made it up the stairs with no problems . I gave both of those guys big hugs and thanked them for their generosity! With all the [crud] going on in the world, I felt this was a story I had to tell.”Once again, the reputation of Wrigley Field being “The Friendly Confines” held true. These young men didn’t need to get involved, but they knew the elderly man could use hand!”
Since sharing the story online, Lauren’s post has been liked by more than 35,000 users and shared more than 5,000 times. It’s clear her story resonated with people all over the globe – people who recognize that a little kindness can go a long way!