Awesome Bill Murray gives random fan Game 6 ticket for seat next to him

The internet has been abuzz with tales of famous Chicago Cubs fans. Eddie Vedder celebrating on someone’s shoulders in the Cubs clubhouse. John Cusack and his new best friend, Kerry Wood. And of course there’s Bill Murray, everyone’s favorite famous Cubs fan. He’s been a fixture in the stands at nearly every Cubs game, he sang the “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” as Daffy Duck during Game 3, and he’s not done making the Cubs’ postseason as memorable as possible.

This story actually starts with Cubs fan Karen Michel, who spoke to Cut4 about her Game 6 adventure. Karen didn’t have a ticket for the game, and didn’t have any luck at the Progressive Field box office. (Not surprising.) After she struck out at the box office, she happened to see Murray and decided to trail him.

That’s when things got awesome. Murray noticed her, and instead of saying “Hey, why are you following me?” he did something wholly surprising. From Cut4:

“He turns around and says, ‘Here, here’s a ticket,'” she said. “And he kind of shuttled me into the door. I thought it was just a ticket to get in. But it was a ticket to sit right here.”

When Karen said “here,” what she meant was the seat next to Bill Murray. So he didn’t just give a random woman a ticket to see her beloved team in the World Series. He gave her a ticket to sit next to him. And Murray has some of the best seats in the house, just a few rows behind home plate.

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 01: Actor Bill Murray attends Game Six of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cubs fans Karen Michel and Bill Murray settling into their seats. (Getty Images)

So what did they talk about? Michel told Cut4 that they chatted about what most people would: their favorite sports team and their families.

“I asked, ‘When you went to the Cubs game, who did you go with?'” Michel said. “He said his brother and his father. I have all sisters, and me and my dad would go to the baseball games. We talked about stuff like that.”

That’s one of the reasons that sports are awesome. Meet a random person, no matter who they are, and a lot of times you can find common ground in your fan experiences.

Sports are also awesome when a celebrity randomly offers you a great ticket to a game you really wanted to go to. A minuscule amount of people get to experience that, but Karen Michel is lucky enough to be one of them. And she made the most out of her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Bunny ears on Bill Murray! I’ll say it: Karen is awesome.

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