Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, participates in the Chicago Pride Parade.
Banks rode in a convertible with the Ricketts family, who bought the Cubs last fall and who made the team’s first official appearance in the parade.
Banks said he participated for the first time at the Ricketts’ behest and to thank the neighborhood Cubs fans.
"I know the area — Boystown — and they've all been very nice and friendly with me," Banks said. "I want to show that I have compassion for them.
"They know the game and have great respect for the players," he said.
The word compassion sounds a bit off in this context. But Ernie Banks was himself a victim of discrimination, having played the first part of his career in the Negro Leagues. And we all should be more compassionate.