Indians-Cubs World Series 2016: Sandberg to throw out Game 5 first pitch

Sunday night, before Game 5 of the World Series, a Hall of Fame player will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the third straight night.

Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg will do the honors, MLB announced Sunday morning. Billy Williams threw out the Game 3 first pitch Friday, and both Greg Maddux and Fergie Jenkins did it before Game 4 on Saturday.

Sandberg played all but 13 games of his 16-year career with the Cubs. He retired as a .285/.344/.452 (114 OPS+) hitter with 2,386 hits and 282 homers. Sandberg was also a standout defender at second base. He won nine straight Gold Gloves from 1983-91, and went to 10 straight All-Star Games from 1984-93. Sandberg won the 1984 NL MVP award and was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

Also note that Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam, will sing Take Me Out To The Ballgame during the seventh inning stretch. He's a huge Cubs fan. Huge.

The Indians hold a 3-1 series lead in the World Series. Here's how you can watch Game 5 on Sunday.

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