Watch Eddie Vedder Sing ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ for the Cubs at the 2016 World Series
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Eddie Vedder will always be closely identified with Seattle, but he was born just outside of Chicago — and he showed some hometown love by stopping by Wrigley Field on Oct. 30 to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during Game Five of the 2016 World Series.
As you can see in the video above, Vedder delivered, not only performing the song but paying tribute to a pair of beloved Cubs figures: catcher David Ross, who’s announced his retirement after playing more than 14 seasons in the major leagues, and announcer Harry Caray, who spent the last 16 years of his distinguished career calling Cubs games before retiring in 1997 and passing away the following year.
Vedder isn’t the first famous face to carry a tune for the Cubs this postseason. Fellow Chicago native Bill Murray did the honors during Game Three, decked out in team gear (and imitating Daffy Duck). Unsurprisingly, Murray was in the stands while Vedder took the mic:
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Of course, as Vedder fans are well aware, this is hardly his first show of support for the team. He’s performed the song at Cubs games more than once in the past, and in 2008, he even went so far as to record “All the Way,” a song penned in honor of their long-frustrated postseason hopes. “Our heroes wear pinstripes / Pinstripes in blue / Give us a chance to feel like heroes, too”, one passage exclaims, with a portion of the chorus insisting, “Someday we’ll go all the way, Yeah, someday we’ll go all the way.”
The Cubs ultimately won Game Five, closing within a game of the Cleveland Indians before the Series heads back to Cleveland for Game Six on Nov. 1. The team hasn’t won a World Series in 108 years, and its National League pennant victory this season marked its first in 71 years.
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