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Check out Carolina Panthers coach’s form in one-pitch outing with Chicago Cubs

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera throws out a ceremonial first pitch before Saturday’s baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs.
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera throws out a ceremonial first pitch before Saturday’s baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs. AP

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera spent nine seasons in Chicago as a Bears linebacker and stayed in the Windy City as a broadcaster. He followed those years with two stints as an assistant coach.

The California native evidently caught Cubs fever in those years. During Chicago’s World Series run last fall, a blue-and-white Cubs “W” flag flew in the Panthers coach yard. He also has shared fond memories of dining with legendary former Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray.

Saturday, Rivera was back in Chicago, atop the pitching mound at Wrigley Field to toss out the first pitch as the Cubs hosted the Colorado Rockies.

There were plenty of photos and videos posted on social media to document the football coach’s big moment as a baseball fan.

You can check out Rivera’s pitching form in this video and animated GIF.

Moving on to the still images, the Cubs marked the event with photos while the coach’s wife posted keepsake photos on Twitter.

Looks like everything went well in Chicago for the Riveras, other the final score: Rockies 9, Cubs 1, Chicago's fourth straight loss.

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