Elkhart County man wins top Cubs fan honor
A local man is getting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Bob O'Hara has been chosen to present the Chicago Cubs players and coaches with their 2016 World Series Rings.
This life-long Cubs fan is one of 20 who will be presenting those rings. He was chosen out of 1,500 video nominations submitted on Twitter, and it's all thanks to his loving family.
O'Hara was born a Cub Fans, in fact his whole family are fans, and when he was a little boy he and his brother would ride their bikes to their grandparents house just so they could catch the Cubs on TV.
"My mom and dad took us to our first game in Wrigley field when I was probably about 6 years old, and that was in 1984 when the Cubs were having a great season and it was also my first experience with disappointment," said O'Hara.
O'Hara's love for his team never wavered, even going so far as to head into enemy territory with the team's iconic "W" flag during the 2003 National League playoffs in Atlanta.
"We drove down to game 5 and my dad took a picture of me and the 'W' flag, this one sitting right there, and I always like to tell my kids that I started that little tradition," said O'Hara.
O'Hara says his family put their heart and soul into every game, win or lose, and that's what makes him one of the biggest Cubs fans of all time.
It's the reason why his wife Nikki decided to nominate him for the chance to be a championship ring bearer.
The hook was their four kids Grace, Ryne, Addison, and Sammie, all named after his favorite team.
About a week ago his wife learned that he won and so they decided to surprise him at the kid's birthday party.
"His face was sheer terror, I think he honestly thought I was going to say I was pregnant in front of everybody, but he was very surprised, excited, and very happy," said Nikki.
O'Hara will never forget the day the Cubs finally won the World Series and when he steps onto that field it will be another dream come true.
'I can't even put it into words and it's all thanks to my wife and kids. They were the ones that made it happen, but for the Cubs to name me as one of the 20 greatest fans it's an unbelievable feeling, and I can't wait to share it with them,"said O'Hara.
The whole family is headed to Chicago for the April 12 ring ceremony. O'Hara is also one of five people chosen by ESPN who will be followed around on the day of the game, and he will be featured in a story about Cubs fans.