CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher John Grabow took time out on Tuesday to do some coloring at Children's Memorial Hospital.
Grabow spent part of the afternoon with some of the patients at the hospital, passing out Cubs hats, talking baseball and helping them with their coloring.
"It's sad," Grabow said. "You see kids not feeling well, and it puts it in perspective when you have kids. ... It gets to you pretty bad.
"Every kid I saw today was in good spirits, even though they have a tough road ahead of them. It makes my job look a lot easier. These kids have so much anxiety about getting healthy. I get anxiety if the phone [in the bullpen] is going to ring to go face a hitter."
One of the patients he met was Mackenzie Tannhauser, 17, of Chicago, daughter of Ward Tannhauser, known as the "Ivy Man" because he has been spotted at Wrigley Field draped in faux ivy and standing on stilts. Mackenzie is waiting for a heart transplant and is writing about her progress on a blog. Grabow made sure to give her his email so she can update him on when she gets a new heart.
The kids seem to handle their situations well.
"It's the easiest thing for me to go down and try to put a smile on kids faces," Grabow said.