Steve Gleason has moving meeting with Cubs manager Joe Maddon in Houston

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World champion manager Joe Maddon will be besieged by unpaid advisers and one-game-a-year dignitaries when the Cubs return to Wrigley Field for their April 10 home opener.

But Maddon made a point to pay a special tribute to former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason, who is afflicted with ALS and is founder of “Team Gleason,” a foundation designed to raise funds and awareness for the neuromuscular disease.

Gleason, confined to a wheelchair, came onto the field in Houston as to watch as his beloved Cubs took batting practice before Thursday night’s game against the Astros in Minute Maid Park. While on scholarship for football, Gleason also played baseball in college at Washington State.

Read more on the special meeting here.

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