Hundreds cheer on Jackie Robinson West at Chicago watch party

Hundreds of people turned the South Side field where the team launched its successful season into a watch party.
Once again, fans gathered in a Far South Side park to cheer on the Chicago Little Leaguers.

Spirits soared as high as a home run gave Jackie Robinson West the early lead against Rhode Island. Hundreds of people turned the South Side field where the team launched its successful season into a watch party for the Little League World Series.

"After yesterday's game, it shows a lot of resolve to come back in an elimination game," said Victor Netter, Jackie Robinson West supporter.

Among the people cheering on Jackie Robinson West was Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the many men who grew up playing baseball on that very team, hoping to see JRW come back from Williamsport, Pa., as world champs.

"I wasn't able to do it so I get a chance to live my life through these kids," said Stevie Smith, former Jackie Robinson West player.

Hopes are not only riding high on the game, but on the team, which has gotten a following outside of their Washington Heights community.

"We have so many fine young black men in the city of Chicago so it's really great that the world gets to see this," said Judith Mitchell, Jackie Robinson West supporter.

"We hear so much negativity that goes on it's just refreshing to be out here and support something great," said Jannita Caine, Jackie Robinson West supporter.

Another watch party will be held at the park Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. as Jackie Robinson West takes on Pearland, Texas.
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