Justin Grimm enjoying new 'catching' gig with Cubs

BRISTOL, Va. - Bristol's Justin Grimm is a relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. He is also the designated "first-pitch" catcher at Wrigley Field.

Grimm caught the ceremonial first pitch on a few occasions at the start of the season and it has turned into a full-time gig.

"They usually have to scramble around to find somebody to catch the first pitch," Grimm told News 5 WCYB.

He has caught for legends like Gale Sayers, Ernie Banks and Wayne Newton among others.

"I told them I would do it every game."

Aside from his new catching job, Grimm is becoming a reliable middle reliever. He has already made 44 appearances in what will be his first full season in the major leagues.

Grimm recently changed his setup routine after he was alerted to the fact that he was inadvertently tipping off batters to what pitch he was throwing by the angle of his setup.

"Our pitching coach called me in after the second outing of getting hit around and he said I was telling them what's coming," Grimm said.

"I looked at it, and I was like wow."

It was an easy fix. Grimm hasn't given up a hit in his last three outings.

The right-hander from Virginia High School is 2-2 this season with a 4.57 ERA in 44 games.

A former starter for the Texas Rangers, Grimm is embracing his role out of the bullpen.

"They are big league hitters but I am a big league pitcher too," Grimm said.

"My mindset is my stuff is better than you, and I'm going to prove it to you."

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