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Sister Jean throws out first pitch at Cubs’ home opener (pics/vid)

The Chicago Cubs finally hosted their home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field. And a very special guest was in attendance for the festivities and later threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the 98-year-old chaplain for the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers — who became NCAA Tournament darlings thanks to a surprising run to the Final Four — took in the game in Chicago despite blustery, non-spring-like temperatures.

Sister Jean was outfitted in weather-appropriate Cubs gear — with some Loyola color as well thanks to her hat — and even received a custom jersey courtesy of the team.

And here’s Sister Jean throwing out the first pitch.

Pretty impressive for a 98-year-old, to be sure.

Sister Jean of course became a major celebrity in her own right thank to the Ramblers’ remarkable tourney run. And it’s quite clear she has been raised to the level of local icon in the city of Chicago.