It’s a quote that has stuck with Los Angeles Dodgers fan Marcos Meza for decades: “Chicago Cubs. 2016. World Champions. You heard it here first.”
His classmate Mike Lee, a die-hardfan living in California, made the prediction in Mission Viejo High School’s 1993 class yearbook.
“I thought it was so funny that I never forgot it,” Meza, who has known Lee since seventh grade, told CBS News.
Twenty-three years later, as the Cubsin Game 7 with a 8-7 nail-biting victory over the Cleveland Indians, the internet is going wild.
When Meza connected with Lee on Facebook back in 2009, he sent him a picture of his old yearbook quote. Lee laughed, and thanked Meza for the reminder, because he’d thrown his yearbook out.
The Cubs fan reposted the photo of his yearbook picture after the team clinched the National League pennant on Oct. 22 in a, and the “likes” started rolling in.
As a Dodgers fan, Meza was admittedly disappointed at the outcome, but he couldn’t help but root for Lee.
Meza even helped spread Lee’s wild prediction, sending it around to several sites, including Chicago Sports blog The Heckler. From there, it didn’t take long for the photo to go viral.
“Since the Dodgers are out, it’s time to root for the Cubbies!” Meza said last week. “I hope Mike’s prediction comes true.”
Cubs fans were also hoping Lee, who now lives in Chicago, would be right.
It turns out he was.
And now Meza is making a prediction of his own: “He’ll never buy a beer again in Chicago.”