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.
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.
Even years before 7-year-old Wrigley was born, his father Jerry Fields says he’d already decided what he’d do. Coming from a family of Cubs fans and with his particular last name, he decided to name his first son after the Friendly Confines.
Little Wrigley Fields of Lockport will meet his destiny on August 29th at a Cubs’ home game against the Philadelphia Phillies when he’ll throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field.
His mother Kathy says she mentioned Wrigley’s name in front of a former Cubs official, who promised her Wrigley would get to throw out the first pitch.
This does bring up an interesting question, though. Are the Cubs age-ists? Do they discriminate against the elderly? After all, they wouldn’t let 104-year-old Leo Hildebrand throw out the first pitch earlier this season, and he was actually alive to see the team’s last World Series title.
Now some seven-year-old kid who’s only accomplishment is having a father who was dumb enough to give him a pet’s name gets to do it. It’s just not fair. I called Hildebrand at home to get his feelings on the situation.
SbB: Leo, how do you feel about little Wrigley Fields getting to throw out the first pitch at a Cubs game after the team denied your request?
Hildebrand: Huh? Wha?
SbB: I SAID HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT LITTLE WRIGLEY FIELDS GETTING TO THROW OUT A FIRST PITCH AFTER THE CUBS DENIED YOUR REQUEST?
Hildebrand: Where are my pants?
The conversation kind of went on like that for another twenty minutes or so, and I gave up. Still, when Leo asked me where his pants were, I could hear the pain in his voice. He knows what’s going on, but I guess the hurt has caused him to repress his knowledge of this latest development.
So if you happen to be at the Cubs game on August 29th to see little Wrigley Fields throw out that first pitch, I ask you to join me in booing the hell out of him. Do it for Leo and old people everywhere.