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.