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Friday, July 5, 2013
Wrigley Field braces for Stanley Cup

By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO -- Wrigley Field is the next stop for the Chicago Blackhawks on their championship celebration tour. The Stanley Cup will be on display as part of the Chicago Cubs' pregame ceremonies Saturday at Wrigley.

Bryan Bickell and Brandon Bollig
Bryan Bickell and Brandon Bollig sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" at Wrigley Field on Friday.
On Friday, Blackhawks Bryan Bickell and Brandon Bollig took batting practice and shagged fly balls during batting practice before the Cubs opened a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bickell, Bollig and Patrick Sharp were scheduled to be guest conductors for Friday's seventh-inning stretch.

Bickell is recovering from left thumb surgery. He scored the tying goal with 1:16 remaining in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins, a game the Hawks won to claim the Cup.

"I tore the tendon in my thumb and had surgery," he said after going through drills with the Cubs. "I was able to get a couple of hits with it, but maybe in the future I will take some swings again."

Bollig just missed hitting one out during his batting session.

Bickell played some baseball growing up.

"Hey, that was fun then, but to see what these guys can do and what work they do is another level altogether," he said.

Bickell, whose Hawks won their second Stanley Cup in the past four seasons, understands what winning a championship does for a fan base and hopes some of the Hawks' magic rubs off on the Cubs.

"We had a period where we were rebuilding, and I think they are at a point where they are doing the same thing," he said. "It is a (process) where you have to trust and be patient. You need to trust your management and scouting staff. We waited and waited, and now we are doing [great] and very happy about it."