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Stanley Cup comes to Wrigley

July, 6, 2013
7/06/13
8:27
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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Joel QuennevilleJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesBlackhawks coach Joel Quenneville brought the Stanley Cup to Wrigley Field and threw out a ceremonial first pitch on Saturday.
CHICAGO -– Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville brought the recently won Stanley Cup to Wrigley Field on Saturday as he and the Cup made their way through the Cubs locker room and onto the field.

“It was pretty cool,” first baseman Anthony Rizzo said after the Cubs 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. “You respect what those guys did. They accomplished a lot.”

Quenneville talked with Cubs manager Dale Sveum in his office before the game, then took the Cup out to the pitcher’s mound while he threw out the first pitch. Then, he placed it on home plate for a few minutes.

“It was pretty special,” Sveum said. “Just to touch the Cup is pretty special. To actually be next to it and take pictures with it is pretty special. The guys can understand, it’s such a special trophy. It’s one of a kind, and the tradition behind that Cup is off the charts.”

At least one Cub wouldn't touch the Cup, fearing a superstition which states no one that hasn't won it should touch it.

"Nope, I didnt touch it," pitcher Jeff Samardzija said. "I respect hockey players and their traditions."

Hawks appreciate Chicago athletes' support

June, 1, 2013
6/01/13
10:25
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Powers By Scott Powers
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks players said Saturday they have appreciated the support shown by players from the city’s other professional sports teams.

Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko and Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija were among the athletes to attend the Blackhawks’ Game 7 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference semifinals.

“I think it’s real cool that they come and support us,” Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy said. “We’ve done the same. I know we’ve been to a couple games throughout the regular season and after the season last year. It’s really cool to see them support us.”

Blackhawks forwards Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell recently exchanged that support by attending a Cubs game. Shaw said they’ve also been to White Sox games in the past.

“We usually get a group of guys and head to a Cubs game or Sox game,” Shaw said. “I haven’t been to a Bears game yet, but I look forward to it.”

Cubs, Sox hoping to see Hawks' Game 7

May, 28, 2013
5/28/13
7:17
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is happy the Chicago Cubs don’t have more night games yet. Konerko has tickets for the Chicago Blackhawks' Game 7 showdown against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. It’s a day of the week which normally would find the Sox playing at night, but Wednesday’s contest starts at 1:20 p.m. at Wrigley Field.

“I came across some tickets from a friend of mine and my first thought was I couldn’t go because I never think of a weekday game being a day game so then it hit me that we have a day game,” Konerko said before the Sox played the Cubs Tuesday night. “Lucky me, I get to go to the game. Hopefully we don’t do anything stupid like have an extra-inning game or any rain delays. Let’s keep our fingers crossed there.”

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