Cubs Busting Out Some Fun Stuff for the ‘Rookie of the Year’ 30th Anniversary

When I was 12, I was a burgeoning Chicago Cubs fan, old enough to be consuming baseball ravenously, but too young to know or understand much about the looming strike. It was the perfect time for a movie about the Cubs to come along and COMPLETELY get its claws in me and never let me go.

That movie, of course, was ‘Rookie of the Year,’ about a kid my age whose broken arm heals to allow him super-human arm strength and the ability to strike out big league batters (though his velocity would be borderline pedestrian by today’s standards!). It was silly but fun, sweet but not sappy, and it hit all the right beats to become one of my favorite movies when I was a kid. Obviously the Cubs connection didn’t hurt.

I’m not alone in having that special connection to Henry Rowengartner and ‘Rookie of the Year,’ which I saw first hand when Thomas Ian Nicholas, who played Rowengartner in the film, came to our BN event in Wrigleyville earlier this year. People LOVE that movie. Still. It meant a lot to us! Heck, I still show it to my kids.

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the movie, and you better believe the Chicago Cubs are having a ‘Rookie of the Year’ day at Wrigley Field this Sunday, July 2. They even had some fun with the announcement, having Cubs players re-enact one of the iconic scenes, where Henry realizes his newfound power:

Methinks the Cubs players were rightly advised to TAKE IT EASY.

The Cubs also just put out a new episode of ‘The Breakdown,’ looking at Henry’s biggest game and moment – the Floater! – with Thomas Ian Nicholas playing the whole thing in character:

If the circumstances remotely allow, somebody’s gotta throw a Floater on Sunday, right? Celebrate the anniversary! I’m sure some fan, if they catch an opposing homer, is DEFINITELY going to try to chuck that thing back to the infield with all their might. Hopefully there aren’t any Guardians home runs hit, otherwise we might see some UCL tears out there.

As for the game, itself, Thomas Ian Nicholas will be there to throw out the first pitch (and I suspect sing the Seventh Inning Stretch), and there’s a Henry Rowengartner bobblehead with the special ticket to the game. After the game, there will be a screening of ‘Rookie of the Year’ at Gallagher Way, and Thomas Ian Nicholas is also doing a meet and greet up the block at our friends at Obvious Shirts. It’s going to be an extremely ‘Rookie of the Year’ heavy day, and I’m very happy about that. Takes me back. Makes me feel like a kid again.

Just need the Cubs’ pitchers that day to throw the high, stinky cheddar …

written by

Brett Taylor is the Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and on LinkedIn here. Brett is also the founder of Bleacher Nation, which opened up shop in 2008 as an independent blog about the Chicago Cubs. Later growing to incorporate coverage of other Chicago sports, Bleacher Nation is now one of the largest regional sports blogs on the web.

more cubs news

Jose Cuas is Headed to Iowa, So the Cubs Must Be Making a Bullpen Move

As spotted by a number of eagle-eyed folks out there, the Chicago Cubs transaction page was updated tonight to include this line: "Chicago Cubs optioned RHP Jose Cuas to Iowa Cubs." There is no corresponding move listed. Yet. That means...

The Chicago Cubs’ Bonus Pool for the 2024 MLB Draft is Smaller Than You Probably Hoped

The full bonus pools for the upcoming 2024 MLB Draft are out, and the Chicago Cubs, despite picking 14th in the first round, will have only the 19th largest bonus pool, at $9,802,300. Thanks to compensatory draft picks and -...

Kyle Hendricks’ Brutal Start, the Cubs’ Limited Options, Some Reason for Optimism

There's really no way to sugar-coat this: The first three starts of Kyle Hendricks' season could not have gone worse. Like, almost literally. According to ESPN Stats and Info, the 17 earned runs Kyle Hendricks has allowed through three games...

I Bet Christopher Morel Has Been Even Better Than You Realize

When I was looking into Michael Busch's excellent plate discipline numbers to start the season for the bullets this morning, I was happy to see Christopher Morel's name even higher up the leaderboards. Generally speaking, Morel is known for his...

Federal Charges Reportedly Filed Against Ippei Mizuhara, Claiming Theft of Over $16 Million from Shohei Ohtani

Per multiple reports, federal authorities today announced that Ippei Mizuhara, formerly the translator for Shohei Ohtani, is facing formal charges related to the scandal that rocked baseball's opening week. According to the reports, the federal criminal complaint alleges that Mizuhara...

Cubs Farm Report | April 10, 2024: Wisdom, Mervis Lead Iowa, Rojas’ Big Day, More

Wednesday was a successful day for the Cubs affiliates, with three wins in four tries. Patrick Wisdom and Alexander Canario each hit home runs for the Iowa Cubs in a victory over the St. Paul Saints. Moises Ballesteros, Nick Dean,...

Wake Up and Watch the Cubs Beat the Padres, Craig Counsell’s Comments

West Coast highlights hit different. By which I mean, many of us can't actually be awake after midnight thanks to life, and thus the Cubs highlights from a game out west might be all the more important. It's the first...

Scott Boras Just Lost One of His Biggest Clients, After Fumbling the Bag This Offseason

Well this is new! We've seen plenty of players leave their agents/agency for Scott Boras in the past. But rarely does it go the other way. Of course, rarely does Scott Boras miss as badly (or overplay his hand as...

Two of the Most-Prospect-Loaded Minor League Rosters Belong to the Cubs

Although we think often about Chicago Cubs minor league teams in a variety of ways, including how prospect dense they may or may not be, I don't know how often we think about how prospect dense they are relative to...

Checking All the Boxes, Busch’s Good Decisions, Hope’s Helium (for L.A.), Lucky Brewers, and Other Cubs Bullets

I, for one, am incredibly thankful for the wonderful day of performances from top prospects in the Cubs minor league system yesterday. It's a perfect palette cleanser on this off-day following a series we all want to forget. But, hey,...

Latest News

Yankees vs. Guardians Probable Starting Pitchers – April 12

The Cleveland Guardians (9-3) open a three-game series against the New York Yankees (10-3) with a Friday matchup at Progressive Field. First pitch is at 7:10 PM ET.The Yankees will give the nod to Clarke Schmidt against the Guardians and...

Phillies vs. Pirates Probable Starting Pitchers – April 12

The Philadelphia Phillies (7-6) host the Pittsburgh Pirates (9-4) at Citizens Bank Park on Friday, with the first pitch at 6:40 PM ET.This contest's pitching matchup is set, as the Phillies will send Cristopher Sanchez (0-1) to the mound, while...

Tigers vs. Twins Probable Starting Pitchers – April 12

The Minnesota Twins (4-6) kick off a four-game series on Friday against the Detroit Tigers (7-4). The contest starts at 6:40 PM ET at Comerica Park.This contest's pitching matchup is set, as the Tigers will send Tarik Skubal (1-0) to...

Braves vs. Marlins Probable Starting Pitchers – April 12

The Atlanta Braves (7-4) visit the Miami Marlins (2-11) on Friday to kick off a three-game series at LoanDepot park. The matchup starts at 7:10 PM ET.The probable starters are Max Fried for the Braves and Trevor Rogers (0-1) for...

Blue Jays vs. Rockies Probable Starting Pitchers – April 12

The Toronto Blue Jays (6-7) host the Colorado Rockies (3-10) on Friday to kick off a three-game series at Rogers Centre. The matchup begins at 7:07 PM ET.The Blue Jays will look to Kevin Gausman (0-1) against the Rockies and...

Mets vs. Royals Probable Starting Pitchers – April 12

The New York Mets (5-7) host the Kansas City Royals (9-4) on Friday to kick off a three-game series at Citi Field. The matchup starts at 7:10 PM ET.The Mets will give the ball to Luis Severino (0-1, 3.60 ERA),...

Giants vs. Rays Probable Starting Pitchers – April 12

The Tampa Bay Rays (7-6) kick off a three-game series on Friday against the San Francisco Giants (5-8). The contest starts at 6:50 PM ET at Tropicana Field.The Giants will give the nod to Keaton Winn (0-2) versus the Rays...

Red Sox vs. Angels Probable Starting Pitchers – April 12

The Boston Red Sox (7-6) host the Los Angeles Angels (6-6) on Friday to kick off a three-game series at Fenway Park. The matchup begins at 7:10 PM ET.The Red Sox will give the nod to Tanner Houck (2-0) versus...

Orioles vs. Brewers Probable Starting Pitchers – April 12

The Milwaukee Brewers (8-3) begin a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles (8-4) with a Friday meeting at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. First pitch is at 7:05 PM ET.The Orioles will give the nod to Tyler Wells (0-1, 4.76...

Today’s Best NBA Player Prop Bets – Friday, April 12, 2024

The Milwaukee Bucks versus the Oklahoma City Thunder is a game to see on a Friday NBA slate that includes 15 compelling matchups.Below you'll discover NBA player prop bets for each and every matchup on today's slate -- NBA prop...

more cubs news