Metamora centenarian to throw out first pitch at Cubs home opener

By WEEK Producer

April 4, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 11:28 AM CDT

METAMORA, Ill. -- A 100 year-old Metamora man has been invited to throw out the first pitch at Friday's Cubs home opener.

Louie Reinhart is a life-long Cubs fan. His 100th birthday just happens to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field this year.

Louie's daughter contacted the Cubs asking if they could send Louie a souvenir as a birthday gift. Instead, he received a letter from Cubs' owner Tom Ricketts thanking him for his support all of these years and an invitation to throw out the first pitch.

He's been practicing for the big day.

"The girls here have been helping me," said Reinhart of the staff at the assisted living community where he resides. "They got a heavier ball and I've been throwing that back and forth to them. I think its going to help me to throw from this wheelchair."

Louie says he first became a Cubs fan because his father worked near Wrigley Field and was friends with some of the team's players.

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