LOCKPORT, Ill. -- Before Jerry Fields ever dropped to one knee and asked Kathy Southcott to become his wife, he laid out a list of three demands, a prenuptial agreement of sorts.
No. 1: Kathy would never make him quit golf.
No. 2: She would never make him quit softball.
No. 3: They would name their first son Wrigley.
"I'm not a big sports person," Kathy says. "So I was like, 'Yeah, sure, whatever, Wrigley Fields, great.' We weren't even at the stage of our relationship to start talking about kids. But then I started telling people at work, and when I saw their reactions, I was, like, 'Oh, no. This might not be good.'"
Today, Wrigley Scott Fields is just like any other 7-year-old boy. He likes cotton candy, Sour Patch Kids and anything else he can get his hands on that will give him a sugar rush. He's the second oldest of Jerry and Kathy's four kids. He has a big sister, Kamryn (9), and little brothers Trevor (2) and Logan (8 months). He worships anything his dad tells him to worship, including the Cubs and baseball, although his love for playing baseball is a bit shaky lately after Wrigley was hit in the face with an errant pitch this past season. "I like baseball," Wrigley says. "I just don't like the hitting part. I wish I could just play the field."
At least for now, Wrigley says he loves his name. Sure, there are the days when kids make fun of him in school, mainly White Sox fans who like to ridicule his favorite team, but overall the response is positive. "There are only, like, two Wrigleys in the whole wide world, in the whole universe," Wrigley says. "So I shouldn't be made fun of. I think it's cool."
"People will ask, 'How could you do that? What were you thinking?'" Jerry says. "But I love it when people say it's ridiculous. It just rolls right off my back."
The name has brought the family plenty of attention in Chicago, including an invitation to throw the first pitch at the Cubs game on Aug. 29. "My dad told me it was the greatest day of his life," Wrigley says.
Adds Jerry, "I was just proud to see him out there like a pro. I took my son to his first game, he threw out the first pitch and we had a ball. It's a day I will remember for the rest of my life, and I know he will, too."
Wayne Drehs is a senior writer for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.