Augusta veteran’s special connection to the Chicago Cubs

Augusta, Ga. (WJBF Sports) — The last time the Chicago Cubs were in the World Series, Garnell Fryer was just five-years-old.

“It’s unbelievable,” Fryer said. “I never thought they’d win a World Series, and I have a belief that they will win it.”

Although he was born in Augusta, the 76-year-old spent nearly 50 years of his life living in Chicago, so the Windy City remains a major part of his life. And in particular, the Chicago Cubs.

Shortly after returning from the Golf War’s Operation Desert Storm in April of 1991, Fryer was asked if he wanted to throw out the first pitch at a Cubs game. While he may have lived on the South Side of Chicago and rooted on the White Sox, he couldn’t turn down the chance to throw a pitch at Wrigley Field.

“I just remember I wasn’t trying to throw it as hard as I could, but I was trying to throw it accurately to keep it from hitting all the cameras and stuff that people were taking pictures of around the area,” he recalled. “So, I just threw it and when [catcher] Joe Girardi caught the pitch, he brought the ball up to me and signed it and gave it to me.”

Despite rooting for the White Sox during his time in Chicago, Fryer says he’ll still pull for the Cubs during the World Series.

Cleveland currently holds a 1-0 lead over Chicago in the best-of-seven game World Series.

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