CHICAGO — A familiar face is headed to Chicago Wednesday night to cheer on the Cubs.
ESPN is reporting that actor Thomas Ian Nicholas, who played the fictional 12-year-old pitcher who led the Cubs to a championship in the 1993 film “Rookie of the Year,” will be at Wrigley Field Wednesday night to cheer on the Cubs.
The Cubs currently are looking at a 3-0 series hole in the NLCS. Nicholas said he is going to offer a bit of support and good luck for the team. The actor told ESPN he will be wearing a special “Rowengartner” jersey in honor of the film’s character.
“I’ve never done that,” he told ESPN. “I haven’t worn a Rowengartner jersey since the movie, but I feel like we kind of need it right now. It’s kind of like my rally cap.” Nichols has appeared at Wrigley Field several times before to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and throw out the first pitch, ESPN noted.
Nicholas, now 35, has also appeared in films such as “American Pie” and “The Rules of Attraction.” He is also a musician. His debut album, “Without Warning,” was released in 2008.
The Cubs will be facing an appropriate foe for Nicholas: In the film, the New York Mets stand in the way of the Cubs reaching the World Series. The same is true for reality.
“It’s like art imitating life, life imitating art,” Nicholas said. “The parallels are uncanny. I wanted to be there, and now I feel like I need to be there. I need to bring some good luck to Wrigley Field. I don’t know what the heck is going on with the Cubs.”
Here’s hoping reality has a happy ending.