It’s easy to tell he’s a Cubs fan

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

True fans of a cer­tain Chicago base­ball team are said to bleed Cub­bie blue. But Beck­ham Zo­brist wears his loy­alty up­front: The 7-year-old Cubs fan’s pros­thetic eye bears the team logo.

Beck­ham’s right eye was re­moved in 2012 within weeks of the Mor­ton, Ill., boy be­ing di­ag­nosed with retinoblas­toma, an eye can­cer that most of­ten af­fects small chil­dren. His first pros­thetic eye was made to match his re­main­ing eye, the Peo­ria Jour­nal Star re­ports.

His par­ents and doc­tors had tried to help him em­brace his pros­thetic, craft­ing him novelty eyes with the lo­gos of Su­per­man, Bat­man or the Green Lantern, but he would wear them only at home around his fam­ily.

Then last Novem­ber, Beck­ham had a Christ­mas wish. At the top of his list, Beck­ham asked for a new eye­ball—a new, work­ing eye, some­thing his par­ents will never be able to give him. So they asked, “If you can’t have an eye­ball, what’s next on your list?” “A Cubs eye,” he re­sponded.

The oc­u­lar­ist who hand makes Beck­ham’s pros­thetic eyes came through, and on Christ­mas morn­ing, Beck­ham un­wrapped his new eye and im­me­di­ately popped it in.

“I didn’t know that I was gonna get it,” Beck­ham said. “When I did I was, like, so ex­cited.”

Beck­ham proudly wore his new eye, and even used it in show-and-tell in his kinder­garten class to demon­strate how he uses it.

“I want to take my eye out and show my class how I do it,” Beck­ham told his mom.

Af­ter Erin wrote a let­ter to a Cubs fan page shar­ing how his love for the Cubs had given him such a boost, the fam­ily was in­vited to walk onto Wrigley Field ahead of a game they were at­tend­ing.

Beck­ham and his fa­ther, Nick, were sur­prised by an in­vi­ta­tion into the Cubs club­house, where a star-struck Beck­ham got to meet with play­ers, in­clud­ing sec­ond base­man Ben Zo­brist, a dis­tant cousin.

“He showed ev­ery sin­gle guy. They’d stop and he’d stick his face out. He was so proud,” Nick said.

And as the Cubs bat­tle to win the Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries, Beck­ham may get a chance to see some­thing the team’s long-suf­fer­ing fans have yearned for: the Cub­bies in their first World Se­ries since 1945.

Beck­ham Zo­brist got to dis­play his Cubs pride dur­ing a visit to Wrigley Field.

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