Mike Glennon estimated it's been a decade since he last played baseball, and he only recently picked up a mitt to make sure he didn't throw an embarrassing ceremonial first pitch before Friday's Cubs game at Wrigley Field.
Whatever preparations Glennon did paid off, even if he did lob his throw a little high to Cubs reliever Justin Grimm. But at least the Bears quarterback didn't bounce it.
Glennon's trip to a festive Wrigley Field this week to throw out the first pitch and sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch was part of the 27-year-old's ongoing introduction to Chicago. He and his wife recently found a place to live in the area and will be moving in soon, and on Tuesday, Glennon and the Bears will report for their offseason workout program.
"It's been a month, it feels like it's taken a while to finally get started," Glennon, wearing a No. 8 Cubs home jersey with his name on the back, said. "So I'm just looking forward to really being part of the team and getting to do some football stuff. It'll be great."
Glennon already acquainted himself with a handful of his teammates, recently throwing some basic routes at Deerfield High School to the likes of Cameron Meredith and Markus Wheaton over a four-day stretch. He took a few fellow Bears to a Bulls game at the United Center, too, in late March. Those informal throwing/hangout sessions should help him ease into football activities next week.
"The introductions are over with," Glennon said. "I know them all, I know them a little personally, and just a little bit of chemistry. It's not a whole lot but at least we got familiar with each other a bit on the field as well."
Glennon will have a handful of new teammates to meet in two weeks when the Bears make their selections in the NFL Draft. The expectation is that the Bears will take a quarterback at some point during the three-day, seven-round event in Philadelphia, though it doesn't appear they're targeting that position with the third overall pick.
So Glennon will consume this year's draft with a more laid-back approach, which wasn't the case two years ago. That was when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers effectively made him a backup by drafting Jameis Winston first overall.
"I'm sure I'll watch as a casual fan just like everyone else just to see who we take, but that's not really a concern of mine right now," Glennon said. "I'm just focused on getting started."
Glennon's first step next week will be to dive into the Bears' playbook, which he has yet to see. He'll get a chance to work with offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, too, along with the rest of the coaching staff and offense. This offseason program is something Glennon has been eager for ever since he signed his three-year, $45 million contract in March.
"It's been kind of a lot going on in a month, but it's exciting stuff," Glennon said. ‘It's what I've been working for and now, finally, I get to get it started."