Blackhawks honored at Wrigley during Sox-Cubs game

Finally, a championship celebration at Wrigley Field.

The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks paraded around the

old ballpark to loud cheers during a ceremony before the Chicago

Cubs’ game against the crosstown White Sox on Sunday night.

The Blackhawks, who beat the Flyers in Game 6 on Wednesday night

in Philadelphia to claim their first championship since 1961,

hoisted the Cup, passed it among themselves, and high-fived fans as

they made their way around Wrigley. The crowd roared when coach

Joel Quenneville held it up behind home plate and booed when he

passed it off to White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.

Blackhawks president and longtime Cubs marketing executive John

McDonough threw out the ceremonial first pitch – and bounced it.

Jim Cornelison got drowned out by cheering fans as he performed the

national anthem, just as he does before hockey games at United

Center.

Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp led the crowd in

“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning

stretch.

“It’s something you dream all along,” Kane, who scored the

Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime, said after the pregame

festivities.

The Blackhawks gave Chicago plenty to cheer about, taking some

of the focus off a dreary baseball season. An estimated 2 million

fans turned out Friday in downtown Chicago for a ticker-tape parade

and ceremony.

On Sunday, the Blackhawks came in through a gate in the

right-field corner, with captain Jonathan Toews hoisting the cup.

Their unofficial theme song “Chelsea Dagger” by The Fratellis

blasted through the stadium as the team slowly made its way around

the field.

They celebrated with fans along the left-field line as Queen’s

“We Are the Champions” played, and Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee

walked over to shake hands with Toews.

Kane put his arm around teammate Brian Campbell and waved while

standing near the third-base dugout.

While the team gathered by the mound, Quenneville paraded the

cup behind the plate from the third-base dugout to the first-base

dugout as the crowd roared. The boos were reserved for Guillen, who

said the championship parade for his team in 2005 “was

better.”

The Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908, so

championship trophies are a rare sight at Wrigley Field. Cubs

pitcher Ryan Dempster, a Canadian, couldn’t resist the urge to kiss

the Cup and hoist it after McDonough threw out the first pitch.

When the rest of the Blackhawks walked back toward the

right-field gate following the national anthem, Sharp had one more

thing to do. He took a lead from first and stole second, sliding

feet first into the bag before leaving the field.

“It’s amazing to see how happy people are getting around town,

especially when they see that Cup,” Sharp said. “I knew it would

be exciting, but I had no idea it would be like this. It’s been an

absolute circus everywhere we’ve gone, and everyone wants to

celebrate with us. That’s the best part about it.”