CHICAGO (CBS) — The Jackie Robinson West Little League team was the toast of the town on Wednesday, as thousands of fans lined South Side streets and packed into Millennium Park to salute the national championship players and coaches who were the darlings of the Little League World Series.
A throng of fans — many dressed in yellow JRW shirts — packed Jackie Robinson Park Wednesday morning to celebrate the team’s national title, before a parade took the team downtown for an even bigger rally at Millennium Park, where roughly 10,000 fans greeted the team.
At the rally kickoff of the celebration at the team’s South Side ballpark, politicians from Gov. Pat Quinn to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to Mayor Rahm Emanuel took turns praising the team’s hard work and success, When the players and coaches had their turn at a second rally at Millennium Park, they kept it short and sweet.
“Wow, wow, wow, this is unbelievable,” coach Darold Butler said after the team received a prolonged cheer from the crowd when they took the stage at Pritzker Pavilion. “Y’all are about to make me cry.”