Thousands of people cheered on U.S. Little League Champions Jackie Robinson West in a city-wide celebration that spanned the Chicago’s South Side to Downtown.

From Chicago Tribune:

“Thank you, Chicago, for pulling together to turn 13 young boys who could let us know not what we have separate, or not what we have that divides us, thank you for embracing these boys who show us what we have in common,” Jackie Robinson West Little League founder Bill Haley said.

Jackie Robinson West No. 23 Pierce Jones spoke for the team after they were introduced at Millennium Park.  “We just want to say thank you. And we love you,” Jones said.

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Wednesday’s celebration kicked off with the team taking the field at their home base, Jackie Robinson Park on the city’s South Side. Hundreds turned out for the rally in Washington Heights.

A proper welcome back for a more than exceptional squad.

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