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Hawks' Bickell, Bollig enjoy some fun at the old ballpark

The Blackhawks’ Brandon Bollig throws a ceremonial first pitch before Friday’s game between the Pirates and Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The Blackhawks' Brandon Bollig throws a ceremonial first pitch before Friday's game between the Pirates and Cubs at Wrigley Field.

 

Associated Press

The Blackhawks’ Bryan Bickell throws a ceremonial first pitch before Friday’s game between the Pirates and Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The Blackhawks' Bryan Bickell throws a ceremonial first pitch before Friday's game between the Pirates and Cubs at Wrigley Field.

 

Associated Press

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It's Blackhawks weekend at Wrigley Field, which means Cubs fans will get to see one championship team.

Hawks players Bryan Bickell and Brandon Bollig took part in some early batting practice Friday and were in the outfield shagging balls when the Cubs took batting practice. The duo also led the crowd in singing "Take Me out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch.

"It's fun," Bickell said. "I've been looking forward to this for a while. Obviously, for the players, it's a great opportunity."

Bickell had to take his swings with his right hand only, as he was sporting a soft cast on his lower left arm.

"I had some surgery on my thumb," he said. "I tore my tendon. I took a couple of hits. Maybe in the future, I'll get back out here again."

While the Cubs are in a rebuilding plan, the Hawks are celebrating their second Stanley Cup in four years. The Cup will be on hand Saturday, as Hawks coach Joel Quenneville makes an appearance.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum is a big hockey fan, and he said the Blackhawks' success and the fan celebrations make him think about what might happen in Chicago if the Cubs ever win.

"You do," Sveum said. "You'd be lying if you didn't. That's kind of what we dream of and why we do all this to get this organization where we want it to be. I think everybody knows if we ever win what this place would be like."

Sveum added that he did revel in the Hawks' championship.

"I think what the Blackhawks went through 10 days ago," he said. "I think we all got caught up in it. A lot of times you sit back and there's no doubt. You're just like a 10-year-old kid. The what-ifs and when we do it all and all this. Then the guys come out and the guys get to meet them and talk about the Cup and all that stuff.

"You do reflect on it because when you win a championship, you wish everybody could have gone through it because there's only one feeling in this world when you're playing sports. It's that feeling when that last pitch or that buzzer goes off and you're the world champion. You don't get to do that again. Hopefully, you do. It doesn't happen to too many people two and three and four times. It's special."

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