Stanley Cup comes to Wrigley

July, 6, 2013
7/06/13
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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."

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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