It's been the dream of lifelong Chicago Cubs fan Jerry Pritikin to see the Cubs play in the World Series at Wrigley Field.
Thanks to Wheaton-based Gilbert's Craft Sausages, he will be sitting in Wrigley Field on Oct. 28 for Game 3 of the World Series. It will be the first World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945.
Longtime Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray once referred to Pritikin as "the world's greatest Cubs fan." Pritikin, who is almost 80, is part of the original Bleacher Bums, and he is known for his trademark solar-powered propeller beanie and his "Ten Cub-Mandments." He may be better known by his moniker – Bleacher Preacher.
Pritikin has been a Cubs fan since 1945, when he was 8 years old. He didn't get to see the World Series, but his dad had promised to take him the next time the Cubs were in the World Series.
Chris Salm, Gilbert's founder and CEO, wanted to make Pritikin's dream of going to a World Series game come true. Gilbert's is the official chicken sausage of the 2016 Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field.
Salm will be taking in the game with Pritikin.
"I'm a huge Cubs fan and have been almost my whole life," Salm said. "So having the once-in-a-lifetime chance to not only see the Cubs in the World Series, but also to sit with one of the Cubs' biggest fans and a piece of Wrigley history himself I think is going to be a really cool opportunity."
Pritikin and his brother recently went to the first NLCS game courtesy of Gilbert's.
Gilbert's started selling its products this year at Wrigley Field. They have proven to be a hit, Salm said.
"It is a really cool opportunity for us as Cubs fans to be part of Wrigley," Salm said. "And if you're going to be part of Wrigley any year, obviously this is the best year to do it."
Salm said he is looking forward to being part of a historical night at Wrigley Field.
"I'm looking forward to seeing the fans' reaction to Jerry firsthand," he said. "I've seen pictures and I've read newspaper articles about him, but to be able to hang out with him when the fans are coming up and asking him for autographs and hearing some of the great stories he has about Harry Caray and the original Bleacher Bums, I think will make for a very unique, special experience at the World Series."