I’m a big fan of Bill Murray — I can practically recite the dialogue to his movie “Groundhog Day” — so one of the biggest treats of attending the Chicago Cubs’ Opening Day was seeing the actor-comedian throw out the ceremonial first pitch and hearing him lead the crowd in singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the 7th inning stretch.
Wrigley Field has actually been a frequent destination for Murray, a native of the Chicago suburb of Wilmette and a diehard Cubs fan. And Murray made the most of his moment in a Cubs jersey, running the full 360 feet around the bases and sliding into home before throwing the first pitch to Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood.
(Unfortunately, his pitch was more accurate than many thrown later in the game by Wood, who came in with two outs and a runner on first in the top of the eighth inning and the Cubs trying to hang on to a 1-0 lead, and walked three Washington Nationals in a row to force in the tying run. The Nats then scored a run with two outs in the top of the 9th off Cubs closer Carlos Marmol and held on to win, 2-1.)
The following of photos I took of Bill Murray from my perch in the nosebleeds…