Robert Redford Throwing Cubs' First Pitch

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    The Cubs and White Sox have chosen their opening-day pitchers.

    On the North Side, actor Robert Redford takes first-pitch honors April 1 while in town promoting "The Conspirator."

    On the South Side, it's Joel Osteen, televised pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston. The Sox play the Tampa Bay Rays on April 8.

    Redford's pitch is part of the Cubs' opening day program that includes Ron Santo, Jr., son of the late Cubs announcer, singing the seventh-inning stretch. The Ricketts family also will choose a family of fans to throw out a pitch.

    Redford should get his pitch over the plate.

    He's a big baseball fan, not to mention a high school teammate of Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysfale. Pre-acting, he even earned a baseball scholarship to the University of Colorado as a pitcher. Remember "The Natural"?

    Osteen returns to U.S. Cellular Field Aug. 6 to host “A Historic Night of Hope."

    The event has packed other stadiums and is expected to draw thousands to the Cell.