Stranded Cubs fans from Elgin make 'Goatbusters' video

  • Taylor Evelyn Barone and Emily Speakes, who grew up in Elgin and now live in Denver, couldn't reach Wrigley Field for the World Series last weekend because of the plane fire at O'Hare, so they made a "Goatbusters" video at the Minneapolis airport.

    Taylor Evelyn Barone and Emily Speakes, who grew up in Elgin and now live in Denver, couldn't reach Wrigley Field for the World Series last weekend because of the plane fire at O'Hare, so they made a "Goatbusters" video at the Minneapolis airport. Courtesy of Taylor Evelyn Barone

  • Taylor Evelyn Barone and Emily Speakes finally made it to Wrigleyville last weekend. On Sunday -- donning their Goatbusters costumes -- they celebrated on their friend's balcony, which is just outside Wrigley's left field wall behind the Nuveen sign.

    Taylor Evelyn Barone and Emily Speakes finally made it to Wrigleyville last weekend. On Sunday -- donning their Goatbusters costumes -- they celebrated on their friend's balcony, which is just outside Wrigley's left field wall behind the Nuveen sign. Courtesy of Taylor Evelyn Barone

 
 
Updated 11/1/2016 4:02 PM

Former Elgin residents Taylor Evelyn Barone and Emily Speakes were determined to get back to Chicago when the Cubs were playing in the World Series at Wrigley Field, but when the plane on fire at O'Hare International Airport last Friday delayed their flight from Denver, they wound up in Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

By themselves. Overnight.

 

So, with their "Goatbusters" costumes all packed, they made a video.

"We were the only ones in there and decided to put our Goatbuster costumes to good use," Barone wrote to us.

They created a video using all of the airport -- waiting areas, escalators, moving walkways, everywhere they could. They even had a "Goatbusters" logo.

"We were the only two in the entire airport," Barone wrote.

The video had gotten 15,000 views as of Monday night.

An American Airlines plane caught on fire as a result of an engine malfunction just when it was rolling along the runway at O'Hare and about to take off. The runway was closed for several hours afterward.

The pair, now living in Denver, were told of the massive delay and possible cancellation of their flight to Chicago, so they decided to rebook to the nearest airport they could. Minneapolis-St. Paul was it.

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"This weekend meant the world to us," Barone wrote. "We were going to do whatever we could to get to Chicago."

While they didn't have tickets to any of the games in Chicago last weekend, they did have plans to celebrate with friends in Wrigleyville. They finally made it there in time to celebrate Saturday and Sunday nights. On Sunday, they cheered the Cubs onto victory -- Goatbuster costumes and all -- on their friend's balcony just outside Wrigley's left field wall.

Barone attended St. Edward High School, and Speakes went to Elgin High School.

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