Henry Rowengartner Making Emergency Visit To Wrigley Field Today
Thomas Ian Nicholas, who was 12 when he starred as Henry Rowengartner in the film Rookie of the Year, says that the moment which stands out most from making the movie is when Gary Busey carried him by his underwear across the lunch room in front of the entire cast and crew.
"At the time, he was still able to pretend to be normal on camera," Nicholas said. "He was always crazy. He's always been crazy. I'm watching him now, and that's how he was on the set. He's just a little older and a little crazier now.
That's from an ESPN article today by Arash Markazi, who interviewed Nicholas (now 35) and revealed that he'll be in attendance today for Game 4 of the NLCS at Wrigley Field (8:07 p.m., ET, TBS). He's flying in from Los Angeles, where he's treating his 4-year-old son to a birthday trip to Disneyland right now.
The Cubs, down in the series 3-0 to the Mets, are getting so desperate that they're going back to their 12-year-old reliever with the 100-MPH fastball. I guess Busey was unavailable.
Nicholas has been at other recent Cubs' games, but this time there will be a twist.
"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."
So the Cubs are doing that, hoping that it will turn the tide. That, and the fact that it's Back to the Future II Day, in which the Cubs were World Series champs in 2015, will have to be enough.
If you recall from the 1993 film, the Mets played a prominent role -- most notably as the team the Cubs faced in the NLCS. ESPN:
Nicholas was born in Las Vegas and raised in Los Angeles, but he became a Cubs fan after filming the movie. Eight years ago, he married Colette Marino, a DJ from Chicago, furthering his ties to a city that has become a second home for him and his family.
"My wife grew up in Lincoln Park, and we go back often," Nicholas said. "I don't think she would have married me if I wasn't a Cubs fan."
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