Jeremiah Paprocki made his debut as the Cubs’ public tackle announcer at Wrigley Discipline on Monday night time.
Paprocki, 21, is the first Black PA announcer in group historical past.
“Who’s ever heard of a 21-year-old PA announcer?” Paprocki advised the Chicago Solar-Occasions‘ Russell Dorsey. “That really means the world that the Chicago Cubs, my hometown group, the group that I like, is taking an opportunity on me.
“To have the ability to sit in that chair behind the microphone at Wrigley Discipline of all locations, it’s actually an honor. I’m trying ahead to that chance.”
Paprocki is a Chicago native, beforehand graduating from the CICS Northtown Academy within the metropolis’s North Aspect. He’s now in his senior 12 months on the College of Illinois at Chicago, the place he known as video games for the UIC Flames. Paprocki’s love of the Cubs dates again to the Nineties, when his mother, Barbara, served as a parking attendant at Wrigley Discipline.
Chicago’s new PA announcer famous the uncommon alternative forward of him as a 21-year-old. Paprocki added such roles are uncommon for Black broadcasters, who typically haven’t got the identical alternatives out there as their white counterparts.
“Being the first African American PA in Cubs historical past, it positively means quite a bit,” Paprocki said. “I hope that it conjures up different African-American girls and boys on the market which might be considering broadcasting that alternatives can be found to you for those who hold going and to by no means cease and to by no means let something discourage you from pursuing alternatives.”
The Cubs enter Monday night time sitting fourth within the NL Central at 19–20. Maybe the addition of Paprocki will help carry Chicago its second straight division title in 2021.
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