6/13 Here come the Hawks

The Cubs may want to invite the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks back a few times. The hockey team paraded around the field Sunday night, bringing the silver trophy with them.

“It was exciting the whole time,” Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd said. “It never died down. I haven’t been in the playoffs but if the playoffs are anything like that, I want to be there.”

Captain Jonathan Toews carried the silver trophy into the ballpark from the right field corner, hoisting it over his head, and passed it off to his teammates as they paraded around Wrigley, beginning in front of the bleachers. Even Lou Piniella lifted the Cup, although he had some help from the Hawks’ Coach Q.

“It was heavy,” Piniella said. “I needed to go see our strength coach and lift some weights.”

“What a feeling those guys must have being part of something like that,” Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly said.

The crowd of 40,456 roared when Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison did the honors at Wrigley, and the song was drowned out by the cheers, just as fans do at the United Center. A few of the Blackhawks sang the seventh-inning stretch, with the Stanley Cup front and center.

“There was a lot of energy out there, that’s for sure,” Cubs third baseman Chad Tracy said. “We had a lot of emotion going on.”

– Carrie Muskat

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