January 21, 2013
Among the folks backstage were members of the Cubs RBI Baseball Program, a traveling youth team that, according to its website, is "an outreach program designed to promote baseball, increase the self-esteem of disadvantaged children and encourage kids to stay in school and off the streets." (RBI stands for Reviving Baseball in Inner cities.)
As the current and former players returned backstage, the RBI Baseball players stood excitedly to greet their heroes, shaking hands with the likes of Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Kerry Wood and current players such as Alfonso Soriano and new Cub Edwin Jackson. For his part, Jackson exchanged handshakes, high-fives, smiles and compliments with many of the RBI players.
Other nice, little moments I witnessed from my spot backstage: Soriano and Josh Vitters embracing like old friends as they walked off the stage; Ernie Banks posing for photos with Jon Lieber and his family; and Tom Ricketts knowing all the words to "Go Cubs Go" (and not just the chorus) as he sang along during the 2012 Cubs highlight video.