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Viral Cubs fan Kolt Kyler visits Wrigley Field for first time

Viral Cubs fan Kolt Kyler visits Wrigley Field for first time

The day finally came for Kolt Kyler.

The 9-year-old Cubs fan from Indiana – who went viral in April after his dad, Andy, surprised him with a pair of Cubs tickets for all his hard work – visited Wrigley Field for the first time on Saturday.

When Cubs players got whiff of the video, which was tweeted by Kolt’s sister’s Hannah, Anthony Rizzo offered him passes to watch batting practice while Jon Lester upgraded his seats behind home plate. That happened, and more, on Saturday against the division rival St. Louis Cardinals.

Andy joked that Kolt hasn’t stopped smiling since receiving his original Cubs tickets.

“I got almost emotional when we walked in,” Andy said. “I started thinking about my first game and what I felt, and what he’s feeling, and how much it’s going to mean to him and does mean to him. I’m so excited I can’t even talk.”

From watching batting practice from the field, to meeting a handful of Cubs players, to touching the ivy, and even helping the grounds crew water down the infield dirt, Andy said he couldn’t be more grateful for how the Cubs have treated them.

“They’ve gone over the top, over the top,” Andy said. “Just interacting with the boys was more than they ever needed to do, then hooking us up with something like this? I never expected anything and all of this is humbling.”

Be sure to tune in to CSN on Monday for the re-air of Part 1 and Tuesday for an all-new Part 2 feature of Kolt and his family’s North Side visit.

In the meantime, check out some of the best photos and videos from Kolt's memorable day below:

Cubs Talk Podcast: David Ross set to be named manager; Bryant service time dispute

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Cubs Talk Podcast: David Ross set to be named manager; Bryant service time dispute

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki react to the news of David Ross becoming the new manager of the Cubs and the upcoming hearing with Kris Bryant regarding his delayed callup back in 2015.

01:30 - Was it always David Ross' job?

04:00 - Ross having to do a mock press conference as part of his interview process

10:00 - Theo and Jed's interview process

13:00 - How will Ross hold his former teammates accountable

17:00 - How active will the team be in free agency this offseason

21:00 - Kris Bryant's grievance over his service time

28:00 - Chances Kris Bryant (or a core player) gets traded this offseason

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

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David Ross' mock speech and press conference helped him land Cubs' manager job

David Ross' mock speech and press conference helped him land Cubs' manager job

After much speculation, former Cubs catcher David Ross is set to become the team's next manager, replacing Joe Maddon.

While we'll know more soon about what went into the Cubs' decision to hire Ross, minor details are coming out regarding the interview process. According to two reports, the team was impressed with Ross' delivery of a mock speech and how he handled a mock press conference.

This isn't the first time the Cubs have asked managerial candidates to partake in such activities. After interviewing for the Cubs' vacancy In November 2011, former manager Dale Sveum partook in an actual press conference featuring questions from the media. He wasn't hired at that point, but the presser was part of the Cubs' interview process. 

No, Ross wasn't named the Cubs' next manager solely on the mock speech and press conference. His clubhouse leadership and familiarity with the organization are two big factors. But the speech points to Ross' strength in the latter category; his ability to represent the organization positively through media relations — one of Maddon's strengths — is important, too.

Whether these strengths lead to wins is to be determined, but Ross clearly impresed the Cubs for a multitude of reasons.

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