After a long day on the campaign trail Saturday, Chicago native Hillary Clinton was thrilled to hear some good news: the Cubs were heading to the World Series for the first time in 71 years.
Nick Merrill, the traveling press secretary for the Democratic presidential candidate, tweeted a snap of Clinton uninhibitedly displaying her excitement upon learning the news on her campaign plane.
According to CNN’s Dan Merica, Clinton was viewing the Cubs’ celebrating their first pennant win since 1945 on a phone. He says the former secretary of state attended Cubs games growing up.
Chicago defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-0, in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. The baseball team hasn’t won a World Series title since 1908 and hasn’t advanced to the Series since 1945.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Clinton explained that her experience as a New York Senator — and disdain for losing — caused her baseball loyalty to waver.
“When I was a little girl, I quickly caught on that being a Cubs fan was more of a tenet of religious faith than any kind of passing fancy,” she said in a 2014 speech to the Economic Club of Chicago. “Once a Cubs fan, always a Cubs fan.”
However, Clinton explained that she became a Yankees fan because she needed a successful team to “counterbalance the experience of losing every single year.”
“I alternated my affections because it was just too hard only being a Cubs fan. But absolutely a Cubs fan,” she said. “Someday, some day it will happen.”