Fla. man who caught Chicago al­li­ga­tor throws out 1st pitch at Cubs game

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Phil Thomp­son, Chicago Tribune

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.

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