CHICAGO -- The Cubs, one of baseball's most historic franchises, have spent the month celebrating their rich history by bringing back some of their most popular players from yesteryear.With no shortage of stars to invite to Wrigley Field, the Cubs have a long list of choices upon which to bestow
CHICAGO -- The Cubs, one of baseball's most historic franchises, have spent the month celebrating their rich history by bringing back some of their most popular players from yesteryear.
With no shortage of stars to invite to Wrigley Field, the Cubs have a long list of choices upon which to bestow ceremonial honors. On Saturday, before Game 4 of the World Series, the Cubs paid homage to two legendary pitchers -- Hall of Famers Ferguson Jenkins and Greg Maddux, both of whom threw out first pitches.
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Maddux, who began his career with the Cubs, is an eight-time All-Star and four-time National League Cy Young Award winner. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.
Jenkins, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991, played for the Cubs from 1966-73, won the NL Cy Young in 1971 and came back to the Friendly Confines to play the final two seasons of his career from 1982-83.
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"Being in the organization as long as I was, it's really good to see that the city's really embraced the players," Jenkins said of this year's postseason run.
In 19 years, he never played in a postseason. Like many Cubs stars from the past who also never had a taste of playing in the Fall Classic, Jenkins is enjoying being a part of this year's pennant-winning season.
"Finally, it has happened," he said. "They are in the Series. Now, all the pressure's on the young players to bring it home. I think they're capable. The pitching's the most important thing."
He should know. Jenkins won 284 games in his career, logging 267 complete games while compiling a 3.34 ERA.
Jenkins sees a very strong pitching staff in the 2016 Cubs, but he hopes that the young hitters don't put too much pressure on themselves when playing in high-pressure, low-scoring World Series games, such as Game 3, which the Cubs lost, 1-0, to fall behind in the Series, 2-1.
"When you get shut down and you only score one run or no runs, that means the pitching is excellent," he said. "And that's what's happened over the last two games."
The Game 4 pregame ceremony also included a performance of "God Bless America" by Julianna Zobrist, wife of Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist. Julianna, an accomplished Christian rock musician, has performed at postseason games that her husband has been a part of in the past, including during Ben's recent tenure with the Royals.
The national anthem was performed by Chicago native John Vincent, who has sung at more than a dozen Cubs games this year and is a regular at Ditka's restaurant downtown. Vincent last performed the anthem at the pennant-clinching Game 6.
The color guard represented at Game 4 was from the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center.
Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter.