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Chicago Cubs, American Airlines provide a special spring training trip

The Chicago Cubs partnered with American Airlines to provide a special trip to spring training. Credit: Chicago Cubs

How a youth baseball team from Chicago went to Arizona for spring training.

We’re just a week into the major-league baseball season has been cranked up for just over a

Combine a major-league baseball player who wants to make a difference for the youth in his city with the help of a major airline and you’ve got this story.

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo wanted to help out the RBI junior all-stars by flying the team to Arizona for spring training. American Airlines pitched in for the transportation.

If you ever had dreams of being a big-league ball player, you can imagine how great an experience it was for these youngsters to meet Cubs players and play a game on the team’s minor-league field.

RBI stands for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities and is baseball’s program designed to promote the game of baseball to teenage boys and girls.

Written by Wendell Barnhouse

Wendell Barnhouse is a veteran journalist with over 40 years of experience as a writer and an editor. For the last 30 years, he wrote about college sports but he has had an interest and curiosity about aviation since he was in grade school.