One of the Chicago Cubs long time traditions is the singing of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch.
First, the 7th inning stretch is a long time baseball tradition that many teams perform, but the Cubs have chose to bring in guests to sing the "Stretch" in honor of former Cubs announcer, Harry Caray. Caray is an icon in Cubs history and he would sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame during his announcing career with the Cubs. After Caray died, many famous Cubs fans were thrilled to honor "Harry" by singing the song. The more knowledgeable one's even know that Caray would make the comment "Let's get some runs" after the song was done especially if the Cubs were a few runs behind in the game that particular day.
A list of famous Cubs fans from many walks of life are listed below along with a few of the funniest You Tube clips I could find of 7th inning stretches in the past.
One of my favorite things to do when I go to a Cubs game is to try to guess who will sing the 7th inning stretch that day.
John Cusack (actor and Chicagoan)
Bill Murray (actor, comedian, Chicagoan)
George Will (political columnist, commentator and author)
Eddie Vedder (Lead singer, Pearl Jam)
Billy Corgan (Lead singer, Smashing Pumpkins)
Jim Belushi (actor and Chicagoan)
Mike Ditka (Chicago Bears super bowl winning coach)
Gary Sinise (actor and Chicagoan)
Mike Ditka is one of the all-time favorite chicago sports icon and one of the funniest 7th inning stretch singers at Wrigley
I like this version of Harry Caray singing the 7th inning stretch
Jim Belushi sings the 7th inning stretch
Vince Vaughn of "Swingers" and "Old School" sings the 7th inning stretch
Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam seemed to be extremely happy during this version of the 7th inning stretch
Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins sings for Wrigley Field fans
A few memorable moments I have of the Cubs and the 7th inning stretch include Mike Ditka, an auto racer making a fool of himself and Steve "Mongo" McMichael getting an umpire irate.
Mike Ditka cannot sing, but it doesn't stop him from coming to Wrigley Field to give his rendition and salute to Harry Caray. I think I've been 2 of the games he sang at and seen more on television.
Jeff Gordon, a famous auto racer, came to sing the 7th inning stretch and appears to be a rather novice fan of the cubs since he refers to Wrigley as Wrigley Stadium rather than Wrigley Field. Of course, the crowd knew and gave him one of the more boisterous boo's that you will probably hear at Wrigley.
Steve McMichael is a former defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears and even spent some with the WWF as a wrestler. I don't remember the exact details about this one, but the in the top of the inning right before the "stretch", a Cubs player was called out at home on a very close play. McMichael, who is loud and probably weighs minimum 330 pounds, makes a comment about the umpire and stares at him whiel he is on the field waiting for the next inning. The umpire stares back at McmIcheal like he wanted to kick him out of the game. Anyone who saw this would certainly remember it. it was hilarious!!