There are celebirty Chicago Cubs fans, and then there is Bill Murray. Besides being one of the quirkiest comedians of all-time, he also has a reputation for random acts of kindness for his fellow Cubs fans.
It happened again, as Murray was walking into Progressive Field he decided a random Cubs fan waiting outside the stadium was worthy of the ticket to sit right next to him for Game 6 of the World Series.
That fan was none other than Karen Michel, who had been waiting at the ticket window in the hopes that a random single ticket for the game would become available. With the Cleveland Indians in position to clinch their first World Series since 1948, that move was highly unlikely to succeed.
However, the wait paid off as Michel saw Murray while waiting and decided to follow him for some reason. That move paid off big time, as Murray surprised her with the extra ticket right next to him just before they ducked in to the stadium.
“He turns around and says, ‘Here, here’s a ticket,'” she said. “And he kind of shuttled me into the door. I thought it was just a ticket to get in. But it was a ticket to sit right here.”
That “right here” turned out to be the seat right right to Murray and 15 minutes of fame for Michel.
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Getting to rub elbows with the likes of Eddie Vedder, Chris Chelios and the like? For a Cubs fan who had watched the previous five games on TV, it simply couldn’t get much better.
Oh, and Murray didn’t just give her the ticket, he treated her like anyone else and had a conversation while the Cubs were comfortably winning Game 6.
“I asked, ‘When you went to the Cubs game, who did you go with?'” Michel said. “He said his brother and his father. I have all sisters, and me and my dad would go to the baseball games. We talked about stuff like that.”
The game ended 9-3, and while that was likely memorable enough for Michel, we doubt she’ll ever forget the time Bill Murray handed her a ticket for the World Series.
Thanks to the Internet, she can also verify an amazing story to tell at parties.