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Cubs reliever gives sick kids reason to smile

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  • Brook Aguilar holds up her 4-week-old son RyLee Cash Capra to meet Chicago Cubs pitcher Michael Bowden on Monday during his visit to Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge. Aguilar said she rushed home Sunday night after learning of the visit to get the family's Cubs gear.

       Brook Aguilar holds up her 4-week-old son RyLee Cash Capra to meet Chicago Cubs pitcher Michael Bowden on Monday during his visit to Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge. Aguilar said she rushed home Sunday night after learning of the visit to get the family's Cubs gear.
    Dave Dvorak | Staff Photographer

  • Cubs pitcher Michael Bowden hands a stuffed rhinoceros to Janiya Murray, 10, of Des Plaines, during a visit to Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge. Murray said it felt awesome to meet a Cub, even though she prefers cartoons to baseball.

       Cubs pitcher Michael Bowden hands a stuffed rhinoceros to Janiya Murray, 10, of Des Plaines, during a visit to Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge. Murray said it felt awesome to meet a Cub, even though she prefers cartoons to baseball.
    Dave Dvorak | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago Cub Michael Bowden hands an autographed picture to Gerek Wright, of Maywood, during a visit Monday to Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge. Bowden told Wright that he was leaving his autograph so that Wright wouldn't forget him.

       Chicago Cub Michael Bowden hands an autographed picture to Gerek Wright, of Maywood, during a visit Monday to Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge. Bowden told Wright that he was leaving his autograph so that Wright wouldn't forget him.
    Dave Dvorak | Staff Photographer

  • Brook Aguilar tucks a stuffed rhinoceros in with her 4-week-old son RyLee Cash Capra during a visit Monday by Chicago Cubs pitcher Michael Bowden. Capra's father, Ryne, was especially excited by the visit because he was named after former Cub Ryne Sandberg.

       Brook Aguilar tucks a stuffed rhinoceros in with her 4-week-old son RyLee Cash Capra during a visit Monday by Chicago Cubs pitcher Michael Bowden. Capra's father, Ryne, was especially excited by the visit because he was named after former Cub Ryne Sandberg.
    Dave Dvorak | Staff Photographer

 
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There hasn't been much cause for joy among Chicago Cubs fans this season, but one North Sider gave young patients at Advocate Children's Hospital and their families reason to smile Monday.

Relief pitcher Michael Bowden spent part of the morning visiting kids at the Park Ridge hospital, signing autographs, handing out stuffed animals and raising spirits.

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Among the children Bowden checked in on was 4-week old RyLee Cash Capra. RyLee's mom rushed home Sunday night to get the family's Cubs gear after learning of the pitcher's visit, and the boy's father, Ryne Capra, was especially enthused given that his namesake is Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.

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