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
Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp led the crowd in
“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning
“It’s something you dream all along,” Kane, who scored the
Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime, said after the pregame
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
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
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
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.”