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I’m certainly not saying I have an issue with it, but for a team that has already made itself the subject of derision by virtue of its terrible on-field performance, hosting Nick Jonas today in batting practice is probably going to generate another playful jeer or two.

The 18-year-old pop star took batting practice with the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Monday. He slipped into a Cubs jersey with “JONAS” and No. 2 on the back, tightened his blue batting gloves, slid a weight onto his black bat and waved it around as he chatted with Cubs players, including Ryan Dempster, James Russell, Randy Wells and Reed Johnson outside the batting cage. When it was his turn, he strolled to home plate, tapped his bat a few times and cocked it behind his head.

“I was trying to get a few over the wall, but I didn’t quite make it,” said Jonas, the youngest of the the pop-rock band The Jonas Brothers.

He came close. He popped the first seven or eight pitches into the netting on top of the batting cage, but then he started lining balls to left field. By his third and final round, he was hitting the ivy-covered left-field wall on a bounce or two.

So, DJ LeMahieu is ready to head back to AA, then?

But seriously, I wish I could sign/dance/make a sex tape, or whatever it was that made this kid famous so that he got this opportunity. I would be launching balls clear past the pitcher’s mound.

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