CHICAGO – A true Chicago Cubs fan celebrated a big birthday Friday at Wrigley Field.
There were days Santo Grimaldi wasn’t sure he’d live to see the day.
“I'm gonna cry! Sorry...we have been planning for this and praying for this day for so long,” said daughter Claudia Dunne.
Grimaldi said that if he live to be 100 he wanted to spend the day in left field at Wrigley. He got his wish and a birthday to remember.
All six of his kids, nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren came to Friday’s Cubs game, filling nearly every seat in the section.
Grandaughter Rachel Plepal says it couldn’t have been more perfect.
“You can tell he’s so happy! He’s been a Cubs fan since 1936 and our family flew from all over the country just to be in Chicago for his birthday,” she said.
A WWII survivor, beloved father and “Grand Pops” to many, the Melrose Park Native knows he has a lot to be thankful for on this day and making it to see his 100 year birthday wish come true.
“I got my game after all these years,” he said.