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Nagy, Burton heading to Wrigley Field

Posted Apr 12, 2018

New Bears coach Matt Nagy and tight end Trey Burton both will visit Wrigley Field this weekend to throw out a ceremonial first pitch and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

New Bears coach Matt Nagy and tight end Trey Burton will make their first visits to Wrigley Field this weekend to throw out a ceremonial first pitch and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch.

Nagy will attend Saturday’s game between the Cubs and Atlanta Braves, while Burton will visit the Friendly Confines Sunday.

“To a lot of people including myself that’s a bucket list type deal,” Nagy said. “It’s Wrigley Field, so to be able to be there this weekend is going to be neat. My wife and boys are going to be out there, so just to be able to get that feel of what it’s like to be there with such a proud organization is going to be awesome.”

Nagy will be joined by his four young sons on the field for the first pitch as well as in the booth for the seventh inning stretch.

“That’s going to be something that I never forget and my kids won’t either,” Nagy said. “They won’t really understand it until they’re older. They’ll think it’s cool. But until they get older they won’t know the significance of it.”

Nagy played baseball until his junior year in high school and joked that he expects to feel more comfortable on the mound at Wrigley Field than he was on the United Center ice shooting the puck during intermission of a recent Chicago Blackhawks game.

Burton is also looking forward to the unique experience.

“It’s such an honor,” said the new Bears tight end. “It’s something that I never imagined doing growing up. The history, the tradition, everything about that place, I may be more nervous to do that than a lot of things in life.”

Burton threw out a ceremonial first pitch March 13 before a Philadelphia Phillies spring training game in Clearwater, Fla., just a little over a month after he helped lead the Eagles to a 41-33 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Burton, who threw a touchdown pass to quarterback Nick Foles on a trick play in the Super Bowl, recreated the play on the baseball field. His pitch came about an hour after news had broken that Burton was leaving the Eagles to sign with the Bears.

“It was good and bad,” Burton said. “Instead of throwing out the first pitch, we actually ran the ‘Philly Special,’ which was cool. But I was kind of nervous how [the fans] were going to react because they knew I was signing with Chicago.”