Sox to co-host Little League watch party

CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox are lending their support of Jackie Robinson West Little League by partnering to host a viewing party Thursday for the Little League World Series team.

Jackie Robinson West, which secured its place in the 16-team Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pa., with a victory Saturday to win the Great Lakes Regional, hails from the South Side of Chicago.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city of Chicago will also play hosts for the watch party at Jackie Robinson Field (10700 S. Aberdeen) when the Chicago squad plays its opening game of the Little League World Series against a club representing the state of Washington.

Game time Thursday is 2 p.m., with watch party festivities scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. The game will be shown on a large video screen.

According to the White Sox, there will be ballpark food available, as well as former White Sox players on hand, not to mention team mascot Southpaw.

“This is a great way for the neighborhood and the city of Chicago to celebrate the accomplishments of this talented group of young men from the Jackie Robinson West Little League” White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, said in a release. “We all are very proud of their accomplishments, and we are honored to co-host the watch party with Mayor Emanuel. Six players on the Jackie Robinson West team also play for the White Sox ACE program, so we are doubly proud of their tremendous accomplishments. These kids already are champions in our eyes before a single pitch is thrown in Williamsport.”

The last time a Chicago team made it to Williamsport was in 1983, and that squad also hailed form Jackie Robinson West.

The Little League World Series will consist of eight teams from the United States, as well as eight international teams. The championship game will take place Aug. 24.