Pelicans embracing connection to Cubs with park alterations

Myrtle Beach Pelicans president and general manager Andy Milovich assures that the ivy coming to Pelicans Ballpark won’t be poison ivy.

“At least it won’t start that way,” Milovich said. “This will be friendly.”

The pending addition of ivy that is expected to be transplanted from the outfield walls of Wrigley Field in Chicago is one of the ways the Pelicans are paying homage to their new parent club through a “Cubs-ification” of their facility.

The Pelicans, who open the 2015 season at home Thursday against the Wilmington Blue Rocks, are the Advanced Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs for the first time after 12 years with the Atlanta Braves and the past four with the Texas Rangers.