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Bill Murray appears at the opening day baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals on April 5, 2012, in Chicago. The Nationals won 2-1. - Provided courtesy of AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

Bill Murray runs bases, slides into home on Cubs Opening Day (Video)

04/06/2012 by Corinne Heller

Bill Murray threw fans his own type of curveball at Chicago's Wrigley Field during the Cubs' first game of the regular MLB season on Thursday.

The 61-year-old "Ghostbusters" and "Groundhog Day" actor, who is known for his sense of humor, decided to run the bases and slide into home plate before delivering a scheduled ceremonial first pitch to open his favorite team's game against the Washington Nationals (watch video).

The actor, an Illinois native and longtime Cubs fan, wore a personalized jersey at the event. After he was introduced, he tossed his glove and raced off towards first base, baseball in hand. He threw the ball just before he reached home plate, after which he lay down in the dirt for a moment with his hands up as fans cheered.

He then collected his glove, took a few deep breaths and stepped onto the pitcher's mount. He cleaned off his cleats and threw the ceremonial pitch, which landed out of the strike zone but was caught by Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood.

Murray also threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Cub's opening day home game at Wrigley Field in April 2004, when the team took on the Pittsburgh Pirates, losing 13-2. Thursday's game saw the Cubs losing to the Nationals, 2-1.

"I knew I wanted to slide because I knew he was going to try to put the tag on me," Murray told The Chicago Tribune, referring to Wood. "I don't know if that was a true slide. It wasn't really a pop-up slide. I was thinking about a pop-up slide. I wasn't able to perform the pop-up slide. I wasn't even able to keep my hat on my head. And it may not have been a slide, it may have been a collapse."

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