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Bill Zwecker hurls first pitch at Cubs-Reds game

Sun-Times Columnist Bill Zwecker gets ready throw out ceremonial first pitch before Chicago Cubs take Cincinnati Reds Wednesday September 7

Sun-Times Columnist Bill Zwecker gets ready to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before the Chicago Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday September 7, 2011 at Wrigley Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Bill Zwecker, a man more comfortable on the red carpet than the ballfield, bravely warmed up his throwing arm to hurl the first pitch at the Cubs-Reds game Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

“You get out there, and [the distance to home plate] is a lot longer than you think it’s gonna be,” said the Sun-Times celebrity columnist, who took the mound as a guest of the Harry Caray’s restaurants.

While admitting his pitch was a little wild, Zwecker noted, “At least I didn’t bounce it in front of the plate.”

Even better, he heard nobody boo.

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