Cubs Couple Attends Every Home Opener Since Wedding To Celebrate Anniversary

Bernie Tafoya
April 08, 2019 - 12:08 pm
John and Crystal Stahler with special "W" flags

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- When a couple of Cubs fans from the Quad Cities waves their “W” flag, the flag says more than “W.”

John and Crystal Stahler got married seven years ago, April 11, 2013. The next year, on their first anniversary, they, by chance, attended a Cubs opener. 

They decided to make it an annual tradition and mark each occasion. They started by using a Magic Marker to write down the date, opponent and score.  As time went on, though, they decided to up their game by having that information embroidered on a new flag. At Monday's home opener, they have both "W" flags with them and hope to be able to wave them proudly if the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.

John and Crystal Stahler's "W" flags
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As for the Cubs rocky start, John Stahler said there’s no reason to panic.

"If you’re a die-hard Cubs fan. We’ve been around for a while. It’ll come around. No big deal. Nothing to throw a temper tantrum over," he said.

Crystal Stahler claims everything’s going to be okay, as well, but said watching the first nine games of the season has left her with no nails.