Cubs host 'Buses for Baseball' children

CHICAGO -- The Cubs hosted children from the "Buses for Baseball" program to take part in pregame festivities before Tuesday's series opener against the Giants.

Catcher John Baker and pitchers Edwin Jackson, Carlos Villanueva and Wesley Wright greeted 50 children from the Volunteers of America Illinois' Child Welfare and housing developments serving veterans.

"It's something I think is pretty cool, and I get a chance to intermingle with the younger fans and the people who are trying to make a difference in the community," Wright said. "It's just something that I always wanted to be a part of."

"Buses for Baseball" is anchored by the MLB Players Trust, and is geared to give underprivileged children an authentic ballpark experience. Tuesday's visit to Wrigley Field was the program's final stop of the season.

"Baseball has given me everything I have pretty much," Wright said. "It's opened doors for me to a lot of different situations and allowed me to see places that I probably would've never seen before. So I'm just grateful for the game, for what it's given to me. I just want to give something back, hopefully help someone else achieve their dreams."

Daniel Kramer is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.