Fla. man who caught Chicago alligator throws out 1st pitch at Cubs game
CHICAGO — Moments after Billy Williams vigorously shook hands with Frank Robb, better known around these parts as “Alligator Robb,” the Cubs legend wore a wide crocodile smile.
“He got that damn gator!” Williams said as he walked away from Robb, the Florida specialist who captured the wild reptile that roamed the Humboldt Park Lagoon for a week.
“He’s a pretty quiet guy,” Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said while hosting Robb at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. “I don’t think he gets that much attention for catching alligators in Florida, but in Chicago that makes you a superstar.”
Robb, whose request to attend the Cincinnati Reds-Cubs game got upgraded to an invitation to a throw out the first pitch, was too tuckered out to talk to media at the ballpark after catching the gator nicknamed “Chance the Snapper” in the wee hours Tuesday and addressing reporters’ questions at a news conference later that morning.
Chicago Animal Care and Control Executive Director Kelley Gandurski, who sat beside Robb while he was in the stands, shooed away reporters trying to ask him questions.