Former Cub centerfielder Bob Dernier coached first base for the North Siders two years ago.
This year he will help run things for the Will County CrackerJacks as the squad's associate head coach and director of baseball operations.
And on Thursday Dernier will be at in , where he will meet with Chamber of Commerce members from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The CrackerJacks are entering their second season as the local entry in a collegiate wooden bat league set to open its season Friday.
Last season, the CrackerJacks won the Midwest Collegiate League Championship, and are of course looking to repeat the feat in 2012.
The organization is keeping tradition alive following their championship inaugural season. They kicked off last season at Conrad's Harley Davidson as well with an event featuring Dernier's former teammate Keith Moreland.