Eddie Vedder is the ultimate Chicago Cubs fan. That is why the Pearl Jam front man’s version of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” at Game 5 of the World Series was so special. It was the last game of the series to play out in Wrigley Field no matter the outcome. Now, after the Cubs were able to force a Game 6, the World Series is headed back to Progressive Field in Cleveland.
“Hey, Chicago,” Vedder called out before performing the seventh inning stretch classic. “Look at this, look at you. Wrigleyville is full. It’s October 30 and there’s baseball at Wrigley Field for the first time in history.”
Eddie Vedder made sure to call out a specific baseball player and dedicate his rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” to him. The epic dedication to Grand Daddy Rossi was shared on YouTube. It turns out that Game 5 of the World Series would be David Rossi’s last game at Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs’ catcher is retiring this season, so Vedder wanted to make a special dedication.
“There’s one guy in particular I want to sing my a** for, he’s No. 3. He’s behind the plate. He may retire but he’ll never quit. Mr. David Ross, I’d like to belt this one out for you. It’s his last game at Wrigley. Let’s sing it for him!”
Eddie Vedder’s seventh inning stretch performance proved to be good luck for the Chicago Cubs, who were down in the series against the Cleveland Indians. The Cubs’ 3-2 win in the Game 5 nailbiter kept them in the World Series and headed back to Cleveland.
— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) October 31, 2016
Currently, the Cleveland Indians lead the World Series 3-2. If they can win the Game 6 at Progressive Field, they will take home the title. If not, then the Cubs could force a Game 7 and both teams will go into that final game tied 3-3. No matter what the outcome, the rest of the World Series will be played out at Progressive Field in Cleveland and whichever team wins will be making history.
The Chicago Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908 when they won two years in a row. They have appeared in eleven World Series’ including the current one. The Cleveland Indians haven’t won a World Series since 1948. Both teams have won twice.
— Mashable (@mashable) October 30, 2016
Vedder’s performance of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” followed another notable rendition. It was during Game 3 at Wrigley Field that another super Cubs fan led the ballpark in song. Bill Murray was the famous face heading up the song just two games prior. He was at Wrigley Field for Game 5 and Eddie Vedder’s version. Murray was seen singing along from the stands. On Saturday, Vince Vaughn did the honors and sang the famous song along with the roaring Wrigley Field crowd for Game 4.
Eddie Vedder is known for fronting the 90’s Seattle grunge band Pearl Jam. His biggest fans know that Vedder’s roots go all the way back to Chicago, having been born in the suburb of Evanston. Vedder has cheered for the Cubs all his life. Eddie has been credited with inspiring the Cubs to hold onto their lead and end up winning Game 5 of the World Series.
Game 6 of the World Series is scheduled for November 1 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Are you hoping that the Indians or the Cubs win the World Series?
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