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She skipped class for Cubs’ parade; professor’s response was classic

Kayla Adams knew that her criminal justice professor was a stickler for attendance. But the Cubs were holding their World Series victory parade in downtown Chicago on Friday, and the college sophomore at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, was determined to go. After all, the city of Chicago had not celebrated a Cubs World Series championship since 1908.

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So she sent Dennis Connelly an email. According to CNN, the exchange went like this:

“Hi Professor,

I won't be in class tomorrow because I'm going to the Cubs parade.

Kayla”

Connelly’s response was too cool not to share.

“Kayla,

I think what you meant to say is as a criminal justice student, you are very interested in how police handle large crowds. For this reason you have decided to get first hand research seeing the Chicago Police work with a large crowd. I think it is very commendable that you are so dedicated to criminal justice, that you are spending your time and money to do this important research. Please be safe. Dr. Connelly.”

Adams told CNN she sent a similar email to another professor, who was not quite as enlightened. But since she was already downtown by then, that unexcused absence would be dealt with later.

But Connelly gets high marks for turning a skipped class into a teaching moment.

Florida man predicted Game 7 scenario on Twitter — in 2014

It was the tweet seen around the world.

 

As the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians battled into extra innings during Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night, a two-year old post on Twitter by a Florida man was playing out with eerie accuracy.

 

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Well almost, fortunately.

 

On the day Joe Maddon left the Tampa Bay Rays to manage the Cubs — Nov. 4, 2014 — Lenn Fraraccio took to Twitter and tweeted this:

 

“2016 World Series. Cubs vs Indians. And then the world will end with the score tied in game seven in extra innings. hashtag apocalypse.”

 

“I forgot I made the tweet,” Fraraccio, a father of two and a school supplies salesman, told BayNews9. "So two weeks ago, somebody found that tweet from 2 years ago and retweeted it and said ‘Bro, the Indians are in the World Series. How did you get this?’

 

“I had forgotten. I didn’t even remember I had written it until that guy tweeted at me,” he said.

 

<div class="oembedall-container"><div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">2016 World Series. <br><br>Cubs vs Indians<br><br>And then the world will end with the score tied in game seven in extra innings <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/apocalypse?src=hash">#apocalypse</a></p>— GIO (@RaysFanGio) <a href="https://twitter.com/RaysFanGio/status/529685338894372864">November 4, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div>

 

When Cleveland’s Rajai Davis homered in the eighth inning, tying Game 7 at 6-6, “my phone exploded,” Fraraccio told WTVT.

 

It got weirder when the game was delayed by rain as it went into extra innings. Was the apocalypse really coming?

 

“That's the goofy part where you just roll the dice and you put something on Twitter,” Fraraccio told The Hollywood Reporter. “I have the tendency to flap my gums about stupid predictions about other things, so it's just like me.

 

“But the thing that really freaked people out is when the rain started coming down and people thought the world really is going to end. The timing of that was phenomenal.”

 

Fortunately for the world, the Cubs went on to win the game, 8-7. No apocalypse, for now.

 

There were more than 160,000 retweets by Friday afternoon — and even though he is originally from Ohio, Fraraccio isn’t an Indians fan. Or a Cubs fan, for that matter. He is a huge Rays fan and said he was “bummed” when Maddon bolted Tampa Bay for Chicago.

 

“I just had a feeling that the Cubs were going to be really good, really quick,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I am originally from Ohio, so I also follow the Indians a little bit, and I knew they had a great young pitching staff. … so I knew the Indians would be good in the upcoming years, so I just wrote that down.” 

 

Fraraccio has spent the last few days fielding telephone calls from media outlets and posted on Facebook that his tweet was read on Good Morning America.

 

Not everyone bought into the tweet. The news-explainer site Vox originally branded it a scam, with writer Aja Romano writing about the tweet under the headline: “That viral 2014 Cubs World Series tweet seems too good to be true. That’s because it is.”  Deadspin leaped to Fraraccio’s defense, rebutting Romano’s tweet. Vox published a correction on Thursday, noting that Romano’s article “incorrectly suggested that we know the tweet under discussion is a hoax.”

 

“There are so many haters coming at me saying it's fake,” Fraraccio told The Hollywood Reporter. “I have two things to say about that: First, I forgot that I tweeted that. Someone found that tweet and sent it to me after the Indians clinched the World Series, and they were like, ‘Dude, the Cubs are one win away from making this the greatest tweet ever.’ Second, the reason it blew up is because yesterday, two Los Angeles sportswriters found it and tweeted it out. So there was a buzz all day with the tweet.”

 

Still, Fraraccio concedes the tweet was just “blind luck.”

 

“In the grand scheme of things, it's stupid Twitter,” he said. “What does it really matter? In two days you won’t remember it, you won't remember my name. So, this is my 15 minutes, and I am doing interviews.”

New team name: Jumbo Shrimp may be an acquired taste

Give it time to marinate and sink in.

That's what the owner of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp is asking fans to do if they don't like the new name replacing the Jacksonville Suns minor-league baseball team.

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Following the name change announcement, Ken Babby says he's aware that many Suns fans are angry about the change, but he also thinks most people will come around by Opening Day.

"It takes a couple of weeks, a few months (for most fans)," Babby said. "There will still be people, for months and even years, that sort of say 'Why? Why did you do this?' and that's OK."

It's something that Babby — who also owns the Akron RubberDucks — has seen before. He says many Aeros fans also reacted similarly when the RubberDucks were introduced in 2014.

"It's a very similar process," Babby said when asked to compare the two name changes. "(The RubberDucks) met initially with a great deal of resistance and we were OK with that. (The Akron) ballpark was full (on) Opening Day (the) first time we took the field as the RubberDucks."

Babby expects a similar sort of process to play out with the Jumbo Shrimp, though he admits that some fans will likely never embrace it, especially considering that the Suns have been synonymous with Jacksonville's pro baseball team since 1962.

When asked why the change to the Jumbo Shrimp, Babby answered that it was a "fun" and "quirky" name that went well with the "affordable family fun" theme and with Jacksonville's "Bold City" nickname.

"We wanted a brand that aligns with who we are as a community," Babby stated. "A logo with a tough, tenacious shrimp ... it's obviously paying homage to the military in the community (and to) Mayport shrimp. You see 'Jacksonville' with the river running through it, really paying tribute to the rivers and waterways of our region."

Not everything is changing, though. Southpaw — the team's mascot with the Suns  — will remain as the Jumbo Shrimp mascot. General Manager Harold Craw says getting rid of such a popular mascot was never seriously considered.

"He's great to have here," Craw said. "It just made sense to keep Southpaw here."

Craw and Babby both admitted that they expect to see a spike in merchandise sales, with Craw saying that the team's online store saw "a run" on Suns gear once rumors of the name change started swirling around.

Babby insisted that the money generated from those sales isn't enough to pay for updating all that needs changing, including the signage around the stadium.

"There's a belief that these kinds of changes are only made because of merchandise," Babby said. "Marketing and merchandise isn't the leading reason why you take something like this on. We're trying to build an experience that matches what we're building at the ballpark."

Jacksonville City Council member Tommy Hazouri — one of the six people who modeled the new uniforms during the announcement — said he's confident the team is making the right move by embracing this new identity.

"Ken Babby has really adopted Jacksonville as his home," Hazouri said. "I don't have any reservations when someone invests $25 million dollars or more in a team."

Cubs fan cracks open 32-year-old can of beer after Series win

It was a sip he waited 32 years to take, and while the beer was certainly flat and probably smelled awful, a longtime Chicago Cubs fan had a sweet taste in his mouth early Thursday morning.

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The Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908 late Wednesday, snapping years of frustration for their faithful fans. One of the team’s more devastating losses came during the 1984 National League Championship Series against San Diego, when the Cubs, seemingly on the verge of winning the pennant, lost three straight games after taking the first two.

During that series, one Cubs fan decided he was not going to open a can of Coors beer in his refrigerator until his favorite team won the World Series. Thursday morning he got the chance, as the Cubs defeated the Indians in Game 7, winning 8-7 in 10 innings. It was time to celebrate.

In a video filmed in the fan’s kitchen and posted to his granddaughter’s Twitter account, the man opened the can of beer and was about to take a sip when his son urged him to pour it into a Cubs mug.

“Let’s see what it looks like,” the son said. “Oh my God, it looks like a beer.”

But, oooh, that smell.

“It smells like hell,” the son said. “Dad, I think you should drink it and die a happy man.”

The fan actually thought about drinking from the cup, but he was talked out of that by family members. He did, however, pose with the can to his lips and “pretended” to sip the spoiled brew.

After all, the fan might be crazy about the Cubs, but he’s not crazy.

<div class="oembedall-container"><div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">my grandpa put this beer in his fridge 32 years ago and said he would open it when the cubs won the world series. today was that day. <a href="https://t.co/LPsNMQZCpp">pic.twitter.com/LPsNMQZCpp</a></p>— gracejo (@GraceJohnso) <a href="https://twitter.com/GraceJohnso/status/794042007501045760">November 3, 2016</a></blockquote><script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div>

Cubs fan travels 650 miles to fulfill promise, listen to World Series with late father

Wayne Williams promised decades ago to be with his father the next time the Chicago Cubs made it to the World Series, and he made good on his word Wednesday, covering more than 650 miles to listen to the game beside his father's gravesite.

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"I talked it out with my boys forever. I let them know that I told my dad -- we had a pact," Williams told WTHR. "When the Cubs -- not if, when -- the Cubs got into the World Series, we would make sure we listen to the games together."

Williams said his father, also named Wayne Williams, made him a lifelong Cubs fan and always had faith in the skill of the team. He was a signalman for the U.S. Navy during World War II and died of cancer in 1980, according to WTHR and The News & Observer.

With the Cubs on the cusp Wednesday of their first World Series championship in 108 years, the younger Williams made the trip from his home in North Carolina to Greenwood Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greenwood, Indiana. He set up in the cemetery's military section, pulled out his smartphone and turned on the game, according to WTHR.

He listened at his father's gravesite as the Cubs took the World Series championship, beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7.

Williams said his father would not have been surprised by the win.

"He would have said, 'I told (you), I told you they would (have) won,' " he told The News & Observer.

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Cubs win first World Series since 1908 in dramatic Game 7

The curse has been broken.

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In a suspenseful Game 7, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings for their first World Series win since 1908.

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Half-sisters meet for first time at World Series

Laurie Green, an Ohio resident and Cleveland Indians fan, said there's no one she'd rather root for her team with than her sister -- even if her sibling is a Chicago Cubs fan. 

And attending Game 6 of the series together was even more meaningful because the two women had never met before. 

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Green, 54, was adopted in the early 1960s, USA Today reported. 

Three years ago, she tracked down her biological father and later began developing a relationship with his daughter, Selena Brosnan, who lives in Chicago. But the relationship was limited to online interaction. 

The two attempted to meet up multiple times, but each time, something came up. Three hundred miles between the sisters made meeting up especially difficult. 

But then Green, an Indians season-ticket holder, invited Brosnan to watch their teams rival off during the World Series. 

"Laurie had the ticket and invited me," Brosnan, 40, said. "We've tried to get together in the past but the timing didn't work out. In the frenzy and excitement of both teams making the World Series, this was the perfect opportunity."

The sisters said they didn't mind sitting next to a fan of the opposing team because they've wanted to meet each other for so long. 

"The fact both our teams are in the playoffs is so exciting," Green said. "I'll be happy if they win -- don’t tell my friends -- and she’ll be happy if we win, I'm sure."

Read more at USA Today.

The World Series brings together half-sisters who meet for first time @ Game 6, Cleveland Indians fan Laurie Green poses with her half-sister, Chicago Cubs fan Selena Brosnan.Posted by Mega Cleveland on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Tim Tebow hurts knee after awkward slide

Mets outfield prospect Tim Tebow left Monday's Arizona Fall League game with a right knee injury, MLB.com reported.

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The 2007Heisman Trophy winner out of the University of Florida was on first base for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the bottom of the fourth inning when he attempted to steal second. He was thrown out by Peoria Javelinas catcher Austin Wynns and popped up holding his right leg, MLB.com reported.

Tebow walked off on his own power after the awkward slide and left the game. He then visited a doctor to have his knee examined.

Tebow, who had singled in his first at-bat, has now hit in three straight games, MLB.com reported. He is 5-for-34, a .147 average, and had a double, a run batted in and two runs scored in 10 games.

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