If anyone could have helped the Cubs pull through in the playoffs, it would have been Henry Rowengartner. But he was there during game four on Oct. 21, and while he obviously didn’t bring them luck, we’re kind of freaking out that he still owns this jersey!
The world started flipping out when the Chicago Cubs were set to face the New York Mets in the NLCS Championship this year — mostly because that was the championship game played in Rookie of the Year. Thomas Ian Nicholas, who played the star pitcher of the film, Henry Rowengartner, naturally showed up to the game on Oct. 21, since he once brought the Cubs a huge win (in the movie). These pictures are super adorable.
So, did Thomas already have that jersey? Does he just wear it around? Ok, not exactly.
“Usually when I go to the game, I wear the jersey the Cubs made for me with my last name, Nicholas, on it, but I called the team and I said, ‘Can you make a Rowengartner jersey for me?,'” Nicholas told ESPN.com late Tuesday night. “I’ve never done that. 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.” Luckily, MLB also posted the front/back picture of him on the field wearing the jersey.
He also said that he spent game three in Disney with his son, but still woke up at 7 AM to get to the game. “I wasn’t planning on going out for the postseason, but after they won the wild card and then beat the St. Louis Cardinals, the excitement started to build with fans of the Cubs who are also fans of Rookie of the Year. My Twitter feed started to get busier and busier during the postseason, and people started getting excited. I got excited, too.”
Thomas also shared this photo before the game, from the freakin’ dugout.
Again, he clearly didn’t bring the team luck, but regardless, we LOVE that he went to try his best and show fans that he still loves his role as much as we do.
— Emily Longeretta