Cubs Grant 104 Year Old His Wish, But Not Really

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About a month ago, the Chicago Sun-Times released a scathing investigative report into the life and times of one Leo Hildebrand, a 104-year-old Cubs fan with a simple wish: to throw out the first pitch at a Cubs game. Why not, right? Dude's 104. 104-year-olds should be able to get whatever they want, whenever they want it. If you break 100, you should be free from the restrictions of polite public life.

Anyway, after online petitions and the like, Hildebrand is going to get his chance at Wrigley Field. He will not, however, be throwing out the first pitch.

It's disappointing result for the old guy -- he'd been practicing every day for months for his big chance at Wrigley. I assume the Cubs are slightly worried about liability issues; should Leo's arm fly out of its socket during the first pitch, well, that wouldn't be good for anyone. Least of all Leo. Instead? Four free tickets, and a chance to meet all the players. Not a bad haul.

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