Cubs to begin homestand with JRW celebration

Cubs to begin homestand with JRW celebration

ST. LOUIS -- The Cubs will salute the Jackie Robinson West Little League team on Monday at Wrigley Field.

The Chicago team, which won the U.S. Little League championship and finished second in the World Series to Seoul, South Korea, will meet some of the Cubs players during batting practice before their game against the Brewers.

The Little League team will be honored pregame, throw ceremonial first pitches, then sing during the seventh-inning stretch from the field.

Cubs pitchers Wesley Wright and Edwin Jackson were among the Major League players who donated money to help the families of the Little Leaguers attend the tournament in Williamsport, Pa.

Monday's contest opens a six-game homestand for the Cubs, who will honor the 2000s with decade-themed promotional giveaways, specialty food and beverage offerings and entertainment. It's all part of the season-long celebration of Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary. On Sept. 5, Hall of Famer Greg Maddux will be recognized with a 3,000th strikeout bobblehead for the first 10,000 fans.

Fans coming to Wrigley from Monday through Wednesday can also take home a Hall of Famer's autograph for a charitable cause. Fergie Jenkins will sign autographs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT at the Cubs Store across from the ballpark on Monday and inside "Clark's Clubhouse" on Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 p.m. until the sixth inning to raise money for the Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation. Vicki Santo and Logan Burke, who was the first recipient of an alert dog from the foundation, will throw a ceremonial first pitch on Wednesday.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.