Rob O’Neill to toss first pitch at Wrigley

CHICAGO — Butte native Rob O’Neill will throw out the first pitch before the St. Louis Cardinals-Chicago Cubs game tonight at Wrigley Field, O’Neill’s brother Tom said today.

O’Neill is being honored because he was a member of Navy SEAL Team Six, the famed team best known for its dangerous and successful missions.

Among other high-profile cases, O’Neill served as the lead jumper o the mission to rescue Capt. Richard Phillips, whose ship was taken hostage by Samali pirates in 2009 in the Indian Ocean.

That incident inspired the movie “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks.

Rob O’Neill, who is retired from Team Six, is a 1994 Butte Central graduate. Late last year, the former Butte Central basketball player gave a fundraising speech for Butte High and Butte Central at the Maroon Activities Center.

The game will be televised live on ESPN, starting at 6 p.m.

The first pitch likely won’t be shown on TV. The O’Neill brothers, though, have seats in the front row between home plate and the Cubs dugout on the third-base line. 1 comment

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  • john h. nugent
    May 5, 2014, 10:19 am

    Pleasure to have met him and know that he’s had an amazing career – a real tribute to Butte – Nuge


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