2:30pm PT by Kate Stanhope
'Chicago Fire' Taps Chicago Cubs All-Stars for Season 5 Finale
The victory lap for the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs continues.
Star players Kris Bryant and Jake Arrieta, along with NBC Sports' Mike Tirico, are set to appear in the season five finale of Chicago Fire, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
In the episode, a young Cubs fan is in a serious car accident and rescued by the Chicago Fire crew. The boy is injured, and to make matters worse, his irreplaceable Cubs baseball card collection burns in the fire. Fireman Christopher Hermann (David Eigenberg) makes a valiant effort to cheer up the boy, and gives him an experience he will never forget.
Airing May 16, the episode will feature a special appearance by the Cubs' World Series trophy.
Bryant and Arrieta are the latest Windy City stars to appear on the NBC drama, which is shot in Chicago. The pilot episode featured a special guest appearance by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
In addition to bringing home the Cubs' first World Series victory in 108 years, the Cubs' championship brought blockbuster ratings last fall. The series, against the Cleveland Indians, famously went to a rain-delayed Game 7, which pulled in more than 40 million viewers. Game 7 now ranks as the most-watched game in 25 years.
For Tirico, the primetime appearance comes two months after he joined NBC Sports after a long tenure at ESPN. Tirico is set to replace Bob Costas as NBC's Olympics primetime host beginning with the 2018 games.
Chicago Fire airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.