Er, Cubs Do Allow 104-Year-Old Fan The First Pitch

Nice story here from the Northsiders. After initially dashing Leo Hildebrand’s hopes to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a game, the Cubs relented. Hildebrand, who is old enough to remember much worse economic conditions than these and the Cubs’ last World Series title, threw out the first pitch yesterday. It also ended up being the same day the Cubs clinched a playoff berth. Good decision there, Cubbies.

The Jay Mariotti-less SUN TIMES reports: Hildebrand, seated in a wheelchair before the game, had player after player shake his hand and sign a baseball, some promising at one point to “get it done today” — the clinching of a second straight National League Central title. Read more…

Wrigley Fields To Throw 1st Pitch At Wrigley Field

As we enter the stretch run in the 2008 baseball season, it’s starting to look pretty clear that the Chicago Cubs are going to win the NL Central and get back to the playoffs for the second straight year. Of course, for Cubs fans, it’s already a special season because it marks the 100-year anniversary of their last World Series title, and for some reason they actually believe the team will finally win this season.

Wrigley Fields to throw first pitch

So while the rest of the world can’t wait to see how they blow it this time, Cubbie fans are lining up just for the chance to have any part in this oh-so-magical of seasons. Some of them were even born for just such an occasion, as is the case for a seven-year-old who has been beaten up by White Sox fans throughout his childhood. Little Wrigley Fields will get to throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field on August 29th.

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