- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

CLIFTON, Ill. (AP) - Adele Drew, originally of Cabery, didn’t have much time for being a Cub fan while she and her husband, Meredith “Huck” Drew, were raising a family. But by the time she reached her 60s, she decided to start paying more attention to Huck’s favorite team.

That doesn’t mean she’s a Johnny-come-lately bandwagon jumper. Adele is 98, so she’s endured about 40 years of heartbreak. And some happiness. And Adele isn’t just a casual fan: Her son, Richard, gave her an official scorebook, and she keeps score of every game she can watch.

“I can’t stay up for those real late games,” she admitted. “When that happens, I just clip the box score out of the paper and tape it in the book.”

But can you still keep score, during the stressful moments?

“Oh, I like it when a home run wins the game or when they load the bases and our pitcher gets out of a jam. I holler a little then,” she said.

“And do you know, this is the first time in all the years I’ve been watching that I ever really thought this, but I believe they could go to the World Series this year. They’ve been ahead all this time. I think maybe …”

Adele might be objective or she might have been drinking the Cubs’ Kool-Aid. She had a copy of the team’s magazine, “Vinelines,” on her nightstand. “Oh, my son signed me up for that, too. I get some of my information there.”

It should be noted Adele now is staying at the Presence Merkle Knipprath Nursing Home in Clifton. She’s a resident of one of the apartments next door, but she’s getting some extra therapy here these days.

And are the Cub games approved by your cardiologist?

“Well, I think keeping score … it keeps my mind off of my troubles for a while,” she said. “And it makes me feel good, when (Anthony) Rizzo, or (Kris) Bryant or (Jake) Arrieta do something good. They’re my favorites.

“I’ve got the game here when Arrieta threw a no-hitter. See, it was Cubs 16 runs, 18 hits, no errors. The Reds: no hits, no runs, one error.”

But what about the bad games?

“Even if they’re losing, I’ll stay ‘til the end and see how bad it gets. It doesn’t make that much difference if they lose one. There’ll be another game tomorrow.”

Her daughter, Ann, of Clifton, visited during the game and knew it would be best to put clothes away first, and let mom focus on the Cubs for a while. She smiled at the idea this devoted fan waited six decades before she joined the Cub Nation.

“I’m going to be 99 in September, so I sure hope this is the year,” she said. “I’ll be 100 next year, and frankly, I didn’t plan on living much longer than 100.”

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Source: The (Kankakee) Daily Journal, https://bit.ly/1YoflJt

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Information from: The Daily Journal, https://www.daily-journal.com

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