Kromer applauds Jackie Robinson West

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer opened his news conference Tuesday by congratulating the Jackie Robinson West Little League team for winning the U.S. championship at the Little League World Series.

Jackie Robinson West became the first team from Chicago to reach the LLWS in 30 years.

“First, I’d like to take a second and congratulate the Jackie Robinson West Little League team in the U.S. championship,” Kromer said. “That’s amazing. It’s good for the city. It’s good for everybody. Anytime you have a championship within the city, it just brings juice to work on Monday and people get fired up. So that’s exciting.”

Jackie Robinson West bounced back from deficits of 3-0 and 5-4 to defeat Las Vegas Mountain Ridge 7-5 in the U.S. title game on Saturday before falling to Seoul 8-4 on Sunday in the LLWS championship game.