Although I know every Cub fan loves the tradition of singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch in honor of Harry Caray, there has to be a point where the club puts a stop to having potential controversial singers perform the task.
Tonight saw 59-year employee of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tommy Lasorda sing. The Cubs were playing the Dodgers. So what do you THINK Tommy was going to say when it came to "root root root for the CUBBIES". Yep, he sang Dodgers. Adding to the growing list of idiots who come into town and don't sing Cubbies. Well, when it happened I turned to Mary Kay and said, I hope we get 10 runs this inning to shove it in his backside. At the time the Cubs were down 1-0.
They got 3!! But this isn't how it always turns out and the 38,000 faithful who bundled up and sat in the evening chill at Wrigley didn't even HEAR him say Dodgers (there was no booing) and Kasper and Brenly didn't bother to call him out on it, reminding all of us that Steve Stone would have at least JOKED to Tommy that because he sang that, we were going to win!!!! We all remember what happened when Bernie Mac, a Chicagoan, but a Southsider sang "root root root for the Champs Champs!" A Bartman ball and a Gonzalez booted double play later, and the Marlins are in the World Series.
Someone who showed his true colors was Mark Grace who sang "Cubbies" even though he's employed by the Diamondbacks. Thanks Gracey, you always have been one of my favorite Cubs.
But either you ask the "homers" to sing it, or you find someone from the CROWD to do it. Seriously, you cannot ask someone employed by a rival club to do this task. It puts them in an awkward position and I'm sure, even if Cubs PR folks remind them to sing "cubbies", they are going to blow it off just because they can.
C'mon Cubs PR, wake the hell up. Even though I hate it, I'll take the Northwestern Wildcats backfield hacking their way through it before we allow someone like Lasorda any day!!