Elkhart man chosen as one of World Series ring bearers for Chicago Cubs

A man from Elkhart was chosen to be one of the ring bearers when the Chicago Cubs received their World Series rings Wednesday night.

Elkhart’s Bob O’Hara (right) presents Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur (left) with his World Series ring during a pregame ceremony at Wrigley Field Wednesday night.

Bob O’Hara is one of 20 honorary ring bearers picked from more than 1,500 applicants.

He presented the World Series ring to Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur during a pregame ceremony at Wrigley Field before the Cubs’ game versus the Dodgers.

Each 14-karat white gold ring has a total of 214 diamonds, three karats of red rubies and 2.5 karats of sapphires. The top of the ring features 33 red rubies forming the team’s bull’s-eye logo, and the bezel features 108 round white diamonds.

The ring ceremony put the final punctuation on a celebration 108 years in the making, one that started when the Cubs beat Cleveland in Game 7 last November for their first World Series title since 1908.

They raised the championship banner on Monday night at Wrigley and got their sparkling rewards Wednesday.

O’Hara’s wife, Nikki, and his kids, Grace, Ryne, Addison, and Sammy; put together a video entry as a surprise for Bob.

Nikki received the news that her husband was chosen, but had to keep it a secret.

Weeks later, she revealed the good news during Ryne and Sammy’s birthday party.

Bob said, “We sing happy birthday, and then Nikki stops and says, ‘Ok, I’ve got an announcement to make.'”

“He thought I was going to say I was pregnant, but I was not,” said Nikki.

“I thought for sure she was going to say, ‘I’m pregnant again, we have to think of another name,’ but no,” added Bob. “I had won this contest and… my jaw dropped, I couldn’t believe it. I was just floored.”
Information from the Associated Press and Comcast Sportsnet Chicago contributed to this report.

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