Petition asks Cubs to bring Harry Caray back from the dead (kind of)
The Chicago Cubs are in the midst of a massive renovation of Wrigley Field. While the rehabbing of the iconic ballpark has been fraught with delays, setbacks and massive rat problems in Wrigleyville, sooner or later the arduous process associated with such a massive undertaking will be completed.
A petition has been started on Change.org that asks the Cubs to bring back Harry Caray from the dead — so to speak — and restore him to his role of ringleader of the ballpark’s legendary Seventh-Inning Stretch tradition of singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”
The Cubs have said, with the renovations to Wrigley Field, they plan to embrace its cherished past. What better way than to use the new technology of the new video scoreboard to put Harry Caray on it singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th Inning Stretch?
Caray of course was the longtime and beloved Cubs broadcaster who would enthusiastically — in his own distinctive style — belt out the song to pump up the home crowd by leading them through the tune and imploring them to “root, root, root for the Cubbies.”
Following Caray’s death in 1998, the Cubs began to utilize the services of “guest conductors” to lead the fans in the tune. These folks usually are local Chicago celebrities, but sometimes a musician passing through the city, like big-time Cubs backer Eddie Vedder, would take on the assignment. Other times, some other out-of-town celebrity like Lindsey Vonn, Mr. T or Chris Pratt, for example, would have the honor bestowed upon them.
But tradition is tradition, and when it comes to the Cubs, nothing can come close to evoking nostalgic memories of summers gone by at the ballpark for Cubs fans than to hear Caray belt out the song one more time.
Sadly, the Cubs have indicated playing a video of Caray singing the song on the brand-spanking-new videoboard is not to be, as “Cubs spokesman Julian Green said they are not considering using Harry Caray videos to replace the seventh-inning stretch performers,” per a Chicago Tribune report.
That’s a shame.
[H/T Eye on Baseball]