The Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years on Thursday morning was an incredibly emotional experience for most of us on so many levels: the history, the drama, the hopefulness, the underdogs finally overcoming. And for many, the memories of family and friends who were life-long Cubs devotees were close at hand as the Lovable Losers finally made it to the pinnacle of baseball.

The brick walls of Wrigley Field itself became a memorial as descendants inscribed the bricks with the names to lifelong Cubs fans no longer with us to witness the dream they faithfully supported their entire lives.

At the gravesite of legendary Cubs broadcaster Harry Carey, several bushels of green apples were left by fans to mark Harry's claim that as sure as God made green apples, the Cubs would one day win a World Series.

The most moving story I've read about honoring past Cubs fans involves a man who, in 1980, made a promise with his father that if the Cubs ever got to the World Series, they would experience it together.

Read the WQAD article of how he drove 650 miles to keep his promise.

And here's another article about Quad Cities fans who honored those Cubs fans who came before them.