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[box type=”default” size=”large”] Massive parade marks celebration of World Series win [/box]

CHICAGO – A day after a massive World Series victory parade last Nov. 4 and a trip to Disneyland the following day, Filipino-American Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was treated by his Filipina mother, Milany Deocampo Russell, with “a big Filipino home-cooked dinner with the family.”

In a chat over Facebook messenger with this reporter, Mrs. Russell said, “I don’t know what Addison intends to do during the off-season. He will probably want a big Filipino home-cooked dinner with the family.” The family lives in Pensacola, Florida.

Russell, along with Series MVP Ben Zobrist and second baseman Javier Baez, continued their celebration the next day as they were honored for their World Series win to go to Disney World in Orlando.

ABC7, a part of Disney, reported Russell and two other Cubs star players rode the Disney parade down Main Street USA as they hobnobbed with Mickey Mouse and waved to fans along the way.

Inviting world champions to Disneyland has been a tradition by Disney since 1987 when quarterback Phil Simms of the New York Giants was first asked the famous question shortly after winning the Super Bowl, “Phil, you’ve just won the Super Bowl, what are you going to do next?”

Phil’s answers: “I’m going to Disney World!” and “I’m going to Disneyland!”

Some five million Cubs fans from Chicago and environs attended the parade organized by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel despite a mere one-day notice.

The parade paralyzed the city as the Chicago Public School allowed students and teachers to take day-off. Some private companies were also liberal in allowing their employees to take day-off.

Hundreds of thousands lined the parade route as the Cubs players and staff boarded double deckers to wave to their fans en route to Grant Park’s Hutchinson Field where thousands fought their way to get spots near the front of the stage.

Surprisingly, the celebrations, which ran from Thursday morning until Friday, were relatively peaceful. The peaceful celebration was probably due to the World Series win by the Cubs being away from their Wrigley Field.

There was no report of untoward incidents although the celebratory emotions of the fans had been bottled up for 108 years.

The rally last Friday lasted only for about an hour but it took the players to reach the rally site after about two hours.

Along the way, fans were waving at the players while chanting, “Go Cubs, Go.”

As baseball is focused to inspire young children, many adults took their children to watch the parade.

As the parade inched its way from Wrigley Field, employees of the City Chicago also started dying Chicago River blue, the official color of Chicago Cubs jersey. The dying is a take-off from the Irish Parade, when the Chicago River is colored green.

Outfielder and second-baseman Ben Zobrist, named the most valuable player of the World Series, hosted his MVP trophy, and paid tribute to his teammates and the fans, and roused them by saying, “This is a team of MVPs, and we’re in a city of MVPs.”

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Joseph is a former reporter of the Manila Bulletin, former president of the Rizal-Metro Manila Reporters Association and former president of the Chicago chapter of the National Press Club of the Philippines. A native of Sorsogon, Philippines, he and his family now live in Chicago. A prolific reporter, Lariosa writes a column and news stories for the Filipino Star News and other Filipino community newspapers in the US as well as for GMA News and the Manila Bulletin.

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