Seventh Inning Stretch
Fewer celebs, more Cubs fans
Just as it should be
Finally, after years of embarrassing performances and painful interviews, the Cubs will end the repeated tarnishing of Harry Carey's legacy by setting some standards for the guests invited to sing Take Me Out To The Ball Game during the seventh inning stretch. If things change as the Cubs promise they will (always a dicey proposition) we'll be treated to visits by people who appreciate what it means to be up in the booth with Len and Jim and are thrilled to be there because it's the 7th inning stretch at Wrigley Field, not because they have a book/movie/television show/music project that they want to plug.
As reported in the Tribune:
Cubs in-game programming director Jim Oboikowitch said Tuesday there will be some changes to the stretch this year after listening to what fans had to say.
“I think we definitely want to focus on former Cubs players, people that are Chicago natives, people who know baseball and who are Cubs fans,” he said. “I do think we want to get ‘A-listers,’ so if there is that celebrity in a movie ... But we want them to understand what they’re coming to do -- not just come into the booth and say, ‘My movie hits theaters tonight,’ or ‘My book is in stores.’
“They should know something about the Cubs. They should know the background of Harry Caray and what we are doing, and I think it will be a little more teaching them and exposing them. We do want the best guests, so we might come across that situation. But I think it’s all about preparing them so they’re not on with (broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies) and talking about stuff while a big home run is being hit in the bottom of the seventh.”
Lots of folks have been posting their choices for the worst stretch performances ever, showing the reasons why this change is long overdue. But I'm going to present a collection of what I think are some of the best stretches we've seen.
Fans will be happy
If we see more stuff like this
At Wrigley this year