Fans pose with curse-breaking Series trophies

Fans pose with curse-breaking Series trophies

BOSTON -- Matt Jaquez and friends Alex Masters and Cynthia Rico stepped off the plane from Chicago on Thursday ready for a weekend series between the Cubs and Red Sox that would check plenty of items off their bucket lists.

It started on Friday when all three watched a game at Fenway Park for the first time. It ended on Sunday night with the three decked out in Cubs gear standing in front of World Series trophies from the 2004 Red Sox and 2016 Cubs.

"We both waited so long, and it finally happened," said Jaquez of the historic franchises that waited so long between World Series championships, 86 years for the Red Sox and 108 years for the Cubs.

Fans lucky enough to have tickets to Sunday's series finale had the opportunity to take photographs with the two curse-breaking trophies. A recommended donation of $20 was asked of the fans to benefit the Red Sox Foundation and Cubs Charities.

The trophy get-together marked the last of a series of collaborative events between the Red Sox and Cubs organizations to raise money for charity. A "Championship Teams" panel discussion with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, former Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams and former Cubs and Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster took place on Friday, and Hot Stove Cool Music, a charity concert, took place after Saturday's game.

Fans were outside Fenway Park hours before first pitch on Sunday asking ushers where they would be able to view the trophies.

For a few lucky fans, they took pictures before the gates opened and the long lines began to form.

Cubs fan Nick Bogovich, who grew up in Chicago but has lived in Boston the last 20 years, brought his 9-year-old daughter, Isabella. As they posed in front of the trophies, Isabella held a baseball signed by Cubs players Jon Jay and Kyle Schwarber.

"The Cubs are my favorite team, but the Red Sox are my second-favorite team," said Isabella. "It had been 108 years, so when the Cubs won, I was going crazy."

An hour before first pitch, the line was already stretched from the right-field concourse to the center-field concourse. Knowing that it would be a long wait, one Cubs fan wrapped a giant team fleece around her body.

Employees did their best to usher fans along in a timely fashion so all fans could get a picture with the trophies before they stopped showcasing them at the end of the seventh inning.

Red Sox season-ticket holder Joe Lewis -- from Windsor, Conn. -- brought his daughter, Teresa.

"These are the trophies where the curse was finally broken on both sides. It feels historic," said Teresa. "It is once in a lifetime. These two teams went through the same kind of struggle."

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.