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Stanley Cup comes to Wrigley

July, 6, 2013
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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."

Cubs, Sox turn out to support Blackhawks

May, 30, 2013
5/30/13
2:43
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO -- The White Sox and Cubs were back to being enemies a day after uniting in support of the Blackhawks.

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesPaul Konerko's shoot-the-puck moment on Wednesday went a little smoother than Jeff Samardzija's.
Many players from both sides, as well as both managers, were in attendance at the United Center on Wednesday night as the Blackhawks eliminated the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of the NHL's Western Conference semifinals.

In fact, the White Sox's Paul Konerko and the Cubs' Jeff Samardzija participated in the Blackhawks' shoot-the-puck promotion between periods. Samardzija missed all five of his shots, while Konerko, a former youth hockey player in Rhode Island, made two of his five.

"It was fun," Konerko said. "I didn't know really what to expect out there but I had fun with it. It was over and done with pretty quick."

Samardzija made no excuses for his struggles.

"I had to ask Konerko how to do it," he said. "I should have gone second. I'm pretty ashamed. My father was really mad at me. He's trying to get me to change my name to my mom's (maiden name)."

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