We’ve all had moments where we really wanted a beer, but imagine that moment lasting for 32 years. That’s what happened to a Chicago Cubs fan who, back in 1984, put a beer in the fridge and vowed not to drink it until the Cubs won the World Series. That beer was cracked extremely early this morning, after nerve-racking extra innings and a rain delay, and drinking it tasted sweeter than he ever imagined… metaphorically speaking. In reality, the beer was totally skunk and smelled like shit. But don’t take away his moment.
Twitter user @GraceJohnso posted a video at 1:02am this morning with the following story: “my grandpa put this beer in his fridge 32 years ago and said he would open it when the cubs won the world series. today was that day.” The one-minute clip shows a soft-spoken gray-haired man pulling the pull tab (yes, pull tab!) off a can of Coors.
According to SB Nation, the unnamed Cubs fan decided to stash the beer away after the Cubs lost to the San Diego Padres in the 1984 National League Championship Series – a loss that once again had prevented the team from reaching the World Series, a streak that at that point had dragged on for a mere 39 years. It took him another 32 years to finally crack that golden Coors can, but though this man’s love of the Cubs never faded during the ensuing wait, the quality of his can of beer apparently did. “It smells like hell,” says someone on the video as gramps pours the brew into a Cubs mug.
The beer-hoarding fan is never actually seen drinking the beer. No one is. But he does fake drinking from the can, a pose akin to hoisting a World Series trophy. And much like the Cubs momentous World Series victory, this celebratory beer opening looks like it may live on for quite some time: TV networks including the likes of ESPN and CNN have reached out on Twitter asking for permission to broadcast the clip – a clip that has also been retweeted over 12,000 times as of writing.
Hell, why even bother having a parade? We got this dude drinking a beer!