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The Pitch

Elena Delle Donne at Wrigley Field. Photo: Chicago Sky

Elena Delle Donne, the first-round 2013 draft pick for the Chicago Sky (the city’s WNBA team), and the second overall draft, is 23, with a slender six-foot-five frame. A star basketball player at the University of Delaware, the recent grad had been in Chicago for less than a week when, last Monday, she threw out the ceremonial pitch at Wrigley Field.

Before the pitch, Delle Donne hung out by the home dugout with her older brother Gene, visiting from Delaware. Wearing a Cubs cap and jersey with her Sky number, 11, she tucked her fingers in the pockets of her jeans and waited. Baseball, she says, is not her sport. “There’s always a few nerves,” she said, eyeing the pitcher’s mound. “Mainly, I don’t want to look stupid.”  Continue reading