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|Blackhawks Honored at Wrigley Field Before Cubs/Sox Game
|CHICAGO (AP) -- 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.
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