MENASHA, Wis. (WBAY) – No longer the lovable losers, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champions. As the Windy City celebrates a win for the ages, so is one Fox Valley family, as the Cubs’ assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske’s family celebrates their champion.
It was a stressful Game 7 for Cubs fans Wednesday night — and for the parents of Eric Hinske watching from Menasha.
“I can’t even tell you. I don’t think I have any fingernails left I was so nervous,” mom Connie Hinske said.
The Cubs and their fans celebrated well into the night, but the champion still made time to call back home.
“I finally got to sleep around 1:30 and the phone rings around 2:30. ‘Hey, Mom, I love ya. I got your message.'”
This adds another ring to the Menasha native’s collection. Hinske is now a three-time World Series champ, winning with the 2007 Red Sox, 2009 Yankees and now the 2016 Cubbies.
“Eric’s just, they call him the good luck charm, and it seems that when they’d get there, good things would happen,” dad Mark Hinske said.
Success that started young and bloomed into Major League success. Upstairs in Eric Hinske’s home is where you’ll find a shrine of their son. Go up in his bedroom and all the pictures there will take you back in time. A number of his accomplishments fill the room.
But to Eric’s mom, his greatest accomplishment doesn’t come with a frame.
“Most of all I like it when people from around here say, ‘Hi, I went to the game and I yelled Hinske, and came over and signed a ball,'” his mom says.