Chicago’s alligator wrangler throws out first pitch at Cubs game
Frank Robb rocketed to national fame this week after utilizing his alligator-wrangling talents to catch an elusive reptile spotted roaming Chicago’s Humboldt Park Lagoon.
To show in some part the Windy City’s collective gratitude to Robb for snagging the alligator now known as “Chance the Snapper” — named in honor of the Chicago-born rapper — the Cubs invited him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of Tuesday’s showdown with the Reds at Wrigley Field.
Thank you to alligator expert Frank Robb, who safely and humanely captured the Humboldt Park Lagoon alligator, for joining us tonight! pic.twitter.com/mXMFfKzdSU— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 16, 2019
Making the scene even better, Robb delivered a strike.
Frank Robb, better known as “Alligator Robb,” throws out the first pitch at Wrigley Field. #chancethesnapper #Cubs pic.twitter.com/jwjO6j7XpY— Phillip Thompson (@_phil_thompson) July 16, 2019
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts had the opportunity to meet Robb at Wrigley.
“He’s a pretty quiet guy,” Ricketts said of Robb, via NBC Chicago. “I don’t think he gets that much attention for catching alligators in Florida, but in Chicago it makes you a superstar.”
The story surrounding “Alligator Robb” and “Chance the Snapper” has captivated the city of Chicago, not to mention the nation, and Robb’s press conference was a remarkable event that instantly turned him into a celebrity. The Cubs’ decision to invite Robb to the ballpark on Tuesday certainly was a fitting end to the alligator wrangler’s whirlwind week.