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07/29/2008 8:46 PM ET
Minors in limelight in 'Road to Wrigley'
Prospects get first chance to see action at Friendly Confines


CHICAGO -- This could be the start of something big.

Both sides of the "Road to Wrigley" game believe in the concept of pitting Minor League teams against each other in Major League ballparks.

The pregame popularity for the first Minor League matchup in the history of Wrigley Field is hard to ignore. Around 30,000 tickets were believed to have been sold in advance.

"I hope this is something that goes well because anything like this is good for the organization and ultimately good for our players," Cubs player development director Oneri Fleita said. "When you're trying to develop players to play here, you want them to see firsthand where it is they are trying to get."

It's too early to tell if the Cubs will follow the lead of the Red Sox and schedule more Minor League games in Chicago. Boston will host its third annual "Futures at Fenway" Minor League doubleheader at Fenway Park on Aug. 9.

"I think that would be a great situation if Major League organizations can actually do that for their Minor League clubs," Kane County manager Aaron Nieckula said. "Is it feasibly possible? I don't know."

Nick Zaccardi is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.