Kids help Cubs 'Play Ball' Sunday at Wrigley

Kids help Cubs 'Play Ball' Sunday at Wrigley

CHICAGO -- Young Oliver Biggam got the Cubs' game started on Sunday by saying, "Play ball," which was appropriate.

Biggam was part of the Play Ball Weekend activities at Wrigley Field on Sunday. Prior to the start of the Cubs' game against the Pirates, kids ran out to each position and had Cubs players there sign a cap. Ariana Barton, wearing a "Play Ball" T-shirt, took the rosin bag to the mound.

The activities were part of Major League Baseball's Play Ball Weekend, an extension of the Play Ball initiative launched in 2015, which is an effort to encourage widespread participation in both formal and casual baseball and softball activities.

On Wednesday, Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg joined Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts at Hawthorne Scholastic Academy in Chicago to participate in a clinic as part of the Play Ball Weekend festivities.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.