Iowa Cubs take over Perry Little League

From the T-shirt gun, racing Cubbie Bear around the field and new jerseys for Perry’s little league players, the Iowa Cubs brought the minor league experience to Perry on Saturday morning during their second annual Little League Takeover.

After starting the event in Grandview last year and being surprised by their little competition, the Cubs decided to locate in Perry this year in light of recent events that have shocked the community – most recently the closure of the Tyson pork plant .

With more than 30 Perry players gathered after their regular season concluded earlier this week, the Cubs staff hosted a game outfitted in blue and red Cubs jerseys. Third-grader Easton Bennett said his favorite part of the day was playing with new friends and teammates and helping Team Blue win.

Cubs group sales account manager Sam Jocihimsen said it was a very successful outing in Perry and decided to make it a community event compared to last year’s first pop-up.

“We didn’t want to make it a big surprise. Let’s tell people (about it this time) and get the word out,” Jocihimsen said, noting that the idea was to get as much participation in the community as possible. And although the morning brought heavy rain, Jocihimsen felt the engagement was successful.

Between innings, the Cubs staff hosted fun activities of Principal Park staples such as the B-Bops race around the bases and the inflatable pony race, among other minor league tricks. Cubbie Bear was available for fan photos before racing the players after the game.

Bank of America returned as a sponsor last year and helped bring the event to Perry.