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Butler Coach Stevens throws first pitch strike at Cubs game

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Brad Stevens warmed up with Eric Yutzy over the weekend. Brad Stevens warmed up with Eric Yutzy over the weekend.
Stevens threw a perfect strike when he took to the mound at Wrigley Field. Stevens threw a perfect strike when he took to the mound at Wrigley Field.

Chicago - Butler basketball coach Brad Stevens threw a perfect strike as part of ceremonies before the Chicago Cubs game Monday night.

"It was great. It was a lot of fun, it has been a lot of fun. Now, the hard part is coming up in the seventh," Stevens said. "I'm hoping for rain in about the sixth and we can hopefully end this thing early. With the Cubs ahead, of course."

Stevens sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" from the press box, a Wrigley Field tradition during the seventh inning stretch.

The Bulldogs' coach walked out to the mound before the game and tossed a perfect pitch to Cubs pitcher James Russell. As the pair walked off the field, Stevens asked Russell to sign the ball he threw to his son, Brady.

Stevens was dressed in a white Cubs home jersey with a number 4 on the back.

"That's going to be framed somewhere in our house, for sure," he said.

Despite pitching in front of thousands of fans in one of the most famous stadiums in the world, Stevens had his own cheering section.

"It was fun, because we had a bunch of Butler people in the bleachers and I looked up there and I saw them stand up and it's fun to have people here," he said. "I have friends in Chicago, so it's great to be around them. We don't get a chance to do stuff like this very often, so it's great."

The coach has been practicing. Eyewitness Sports Reporter Eric Yutzy helped Stevens warm up his arm over the weekend.

"I'm sure our guys will be watching intently to see if it makes it to the plate," joked Stevens earlier in the week.

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