SEVIERVILLE - Former Chicago Cubs and Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins visited East Tennessee ahead of Wednesday night’s World Series Game 7 between the Cubs and Cleveland Indians.
The 1971 Cy Young winner helped Ollie’s Bargain Outlet open its 12th store in Tennessee on Wednesday.
"The outcome is very important, but it's just another game," Jenkins said on the advice he'd give to players ahead of Game 7. "You put that uniform on. You get yourself ready mentally, and then the adrenaline starts to flow."
The Cubs haven’t won a World Series title since 1908, and the Indians haven’t won it since 1948.
The new store at 322 West Main Street in Sevierville has created 60 new jobs.
Ollie's employees held a ribbon cutting to open the store Wednesday morning, and Jenkins signed autographs afterward.
Jenkins, 73, played the majority of his career for the Cubs in two separate stints with the team. In 1971, Jenkins became the first Canadian and Cubs pitcher to a Cy Young Award.
On Wednesday, Jenkins said Chicago's Game 7 starter Kyle Hendricks is player on the current Cubs roster that most resembled himself.
"They said he has ice in his veins," Jenkins said of Hendricks. "Things don't bother him."
Jenkins said Hendricks changes the velocity on his pitches well.
During the regular season, Hendricks compiled a 16-8 record. Hendricks' 2.13 earned run average (ERA) this season was the lowest in Major League Baseball.
Hendricks has allowed only three runs in 20 2/3 innings in the postseason, which is a 1.31 ERA. The Cubs are 2-2 this year in postseason games Hendricks has pitched.
Jenkins was a 20-game winner for seven seasons, including six consecutive seasons for the Cubs. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.
In 1964, Jenkins played minor league baseball for the Chattanooga Lookouts, which was the Philadelphia Phillies' AA affiliate at the time.
Jenkins predicted the Cubs would win Game 7 by a score of 4-1.
First pitch of Game 7 of the 2016 World Series between the Cubs and Indians is set for 8 p.m. ET Wednesday. The game airs on FOX.
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