Chicago fans are writing their names in chalk on the Wrigley Field brick wall.
Lashawn Bennett, a fan since 1976 and a throat cancer survivor, borrowed chalk from Katie Compton to write his name. Compton, a special education teaching assistant, wrote a dozen names of living and departed fans and some for her co-workers.
Writer Peggy Herrington says she hid under a blanket during an ‘‘emotional roller coaster’’ as the Cubs blew a 5-1 lead and needed 10 innings to secure the win against Cleveland.
She says Chicago fans are used to being slightly disappointed, but this season the team shed the label of lovable losers.
Artist Donna Drapeau says the victory showed ‘‘the fight’’ and ‘‘grit’’ of the fans and the city. She says she’s fine with the new identity as winners.