Chicago Cubs give fans excuse note to miss work for World Series final


Something for the weekend: Sporting events often have the power to bring entire offices to a standstill, whether it’s the England football team playing in the World Cup or Andy Murray competing in a centre court final at Wimbledon.

However, US baseball team Chicago Cubs took this a step further by tweeting an official excuse note for fans to deliver to their managers, asking for time away from work to watch the World Series final on Wednesday 2 November 2016.

Posted on the Chicago Cubs’ twitter page before the game, the handy note allows employees to personalise it with their details, ready to pass on to their line manager.

The excuse note reads:

“To Whom It May Concern:

Please excuse              from class/work/other responsibility on Wednesday, Nov.2, 2016.

The Chicago Cubs are playing Game 7 of the World Series, and if you are not familiar with sports narratives…well, it’s kind of a big deal.

We need all the support we can muster up, and                   has been an integral part of our fan base for                        days/weeks/months/years, and we cannot #FlyTheW without them.

Thank you so much for understanding, and if you ever need a cute GIF tweeted at you, we are your Twitter account.

Respectfully yours,


The Cubs went on to achieve an 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians, winning the World Series for the first time since 1908.

Here at Employee Benefits, we like to think that the additional support generated by the excuse note helped the Cubs to victory…