Mabel Ballthe 108-year-old Chicago Cubs fan who lived for the full length of the team’s World Series drought before it was snapped earlier this month—died Tuesday. 

According to the Chicago Tribune‘s Irv Leavitt, Ball’s son Rich confirmed the news. 

“The cruel irony, the almost unbelievable irony, is that the person who waits and waits and waits, after it happens, says, ‘I’ve done what I’ve got to do, and I’m out of here,'” he said. “It ain’t funny, but it’s funny.”

According to ABC7’s Sarah Schulte, Ball was born two months before the Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers in the 1908 World Series. 

“As time goes and they begin to make an impression, you keep hoping they’ll do well and get to the top,” Ball told Schulte before the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in a thrilling seven-game series. 

Ball didn’t attend a game at Wrigley Field until she was 90 years old, per Schulte, but she was a lifelong fan who raised her kids with the sounds of the game emanating through the house. 

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