Perhaps it is time to retire the beloved “Go Cubs Go” song and hire Amy Tobey. If Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts is serious about winning, he needs to think “outside of the diamond”. Ricketts needs to look past the Wrigley renovations and beyond his President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein, who is credited for bringing the Boston Red Sox back to life after 86 years of World Series droughts.
If Tom Ricketts really wants this thing, he’s got to look at the whole picture and be willing to sing a different tune. A tune that lifts the spirits of the fans, the team–something catchy, something that has nothing to do with the Cubs, nothing too new but nothing too old–something like “Sweet Caroline.”
This may not be as crazy as it sounds. “Sweet Caroline” was added to the Red Sox’s daily line-up in 2002, the same year that Theo Epstein became the team GM.
“Sweet Caroline” was first introduced in 1998 by the Boston Red Sox music coordinator Amy Tobey. In a recent interview, Tobey explained that she experimented with various songs–often classic rock. The crowd always reacted the loudest to “Sweet Caroline” so at first she would insert it occasionally and then more often but always as a “good luck” charm–and only if the team was winning or still had a good chance to win.
When the new management took over in 2002, they mandated that “Sweet Caroline” be played during the middle of the eighth inning of every game. The Red Sox won their first World Series in 2004 and another in 2007 when Amy Tobey’s “Sweet Caroline” and GM Theo Epstein were both on board. Who knows what finally made it happen…just sayin’
Check out the two songs in the video gallery below. Let us know what you think.
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