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Sidney Crosby throws first pitch as Penguins invade Pirates game

Conn Smythe winner took the mound, teammates got quality time with fellow Pittsburgh athletes

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Crosby throws out first pitch

Crosby throws out first pitch at Pirates game

Sidney Crosby and the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins throw out the first pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies game

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There is nothing Sidney Crosby can't do out on the ice. But can he throw a strike from a pitcher's mound?

The answer, despite what teammate Nick Bonino says, is yes.

Tweet from @penguins: Crosby: "I was a little nervous. It was pretty cool to throw out the first pitch with all the guys... Pittsburgh is a great sports town." pic.twitter.com/Gm2DR9SdzI

The 2017 Stanley Cup Pittsburgh Penguins were honored by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.

Crosby, the Penguins captain and Conn Smythe winner, delivered the ceremonial first pitch before the Pirates' game against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park. Teammate Ron Hainsey was the catcher.

Another teammate, Nick Bonino, tweeted a little skepticism beforehand.

Tweet from @NickBonino: Sources in the clubhouse tell me Crosby is throwing from the rubber, and a lot (all) of his teammates don't think he can throw a strike

Crosby is no fool, though, and got in plenty of warmup pitches.

Tweet from @Pirates: Hey @penguins we caught Sid throwing a strike to Hainsey. #BurghProud pic.twitter.com/ldRQ5Kd4nh

The Pirates hosted the Penguins in their locker room before the game and took a team picture with The Stanley Cup.

Tweet from @penguins: Penguins, Pirates, and the #StanleyCup. #BurghProud pic.twitter.com/brkPu9iRqd

Phil Kessel and Andrew McCutchen talked some things over and McCutchen went on to hit two home runs.

Tweet from @penguins: Clubhouse chillin' with @PKessel81 and @TheCUTCH22. #BurghProud pic.twitter.com/jHFoOmChKR

Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon, who returned to earn a victory on Monday night just five weeks after having surgery for testicular cancer, posed with a "City of Champs" T-shirt before the game.

Tweet from @Pirates: Hey @penguins- @JTaillon19 is ready to welcome you & Stanley to PNC! #BurghProud pic.twitter.com/5YPo0JXdIk

Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams seemed a little star struck.

Tweet from @MeLlamoTrevor: ��ily�� pic.twitter.com/kwFMc4fZVi

Even Matt Cullen's son, Joey, who famously doused dad with Gatorade while he skated with the Cup after Game 6, got in on the Pirates pre-game antics, holding a press conference for the media.

Tweet from @penguins: And while the team waits for the @Pirates game to start... Joey Cullen entertains the players in the media room. pic.twitter.com/E19wceDdLY

As usual, when the stakes were high and with the Stanley Cup on the field, Crosby came through, tossing a pitch right down the middle. Home plate umpire Jerry Meals, a Butler, Pa. native, called it a strike.

Even Bonino had to be impressed.

Tweet from @NickBonino: Ump called a strike. Catcher told me it was a ball. Jury's out. Whatever the call, heck of a pitch from 87.

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