CHICAGO -- For the last four years, Jill Finken, her sister Molly Alesch, and college roommate Krissi Diers have attended at least one weekend Cubs series. It had become a little tough to schedule for Finken, 34, after she joined the Iowa National Guard and served in Afghanistan.
On Sunday, Finken and her group -- plus her husband, John -- were at Wrigley Field to celebrate her return from a tour of duty. Jill said she would wear a Cubs t-shirt under her uniform whenever possible and that they stayed in touch with the team by listening to Armed Forces Radio or checking for updates on the Internet.
For some games, she would special order a sausage and cheese plate and watch a game. After growing up listening to Ron Santo on WGN Radio, Finken said it's different having to set an early alarm overseas to follow the Cubs.
"Here, you take things for granted sometimes," Finken said. "Sometimes, we'd get up at 3 a.m. to watch the games."