It's not often a champion graces the home clubhouse at Wrigley Field. The Jackie Robinson West Little League team visited the Chicago Cubs on Monday and the major league team honored its guests by wearing batting practice jerseys themed after JRW's own uniforms. Anthony Rizzo and Edwin Jackson showed the U.S. champion around the clubhouse, dugout and field. The kids also will throw a ceremonial first pitch (which should be massive) and sing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" during the Seventh Inning Stretch.
Here are more scenes from JRW's visit to Wrigley:
Jackie Robinson West fell to South Korea in the international championship eight days ago, but they had captured the interest of many Chicagoans (and many others beyond city boundaries) long before that.
Cubs pitcher Wesley Wright, who is African American like the Jackie Robinson West kids, explained via the Chicago Tribune what their team's run to Williamsport has meant:
"In this day and age, so much negativity is put out there. They hear it and they see it a lot. Just for them, and for other young people to see that doing positive things, working hard and staying disciplined can be rewarded, is important. You can become known for doing good things, as well."
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