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-hard Chicago Cubs fan living in California, made the prediction in Mission Viejo High School’s 1993 class yearbook.
“I thought 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 Cubs head to the World Series for the first time since 1945, 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.
This week, after the Cubs clinched the National League pennant Saturday in a 5-0 victory over the Dodgers, Lee reposted the photo on his page, and the “likes” started rolling in.
As a Dodgers fan, Meza was admittedly disappointed at Saturday night’s 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. “I hope Mike’s prediction comes true.”
Meza isn’t alone.
Cubs fans are also hoping Lee, who now lives in Chicago, is right.
And if he is, Meza made a prediction of his own: “I think if this happens, he never buys a beer again in Chicago.”