Monday, August 27, 2007

Harry Caray Rolling Over in His Grave

We may have mentioned before how ridiculous this idea was, but the Cubs finally named 10 finalists for the "Ultimate 7th Inning Stretch Competition" so we'll say it again. Enough already! I mean seriously, it was a nice tribute to Harry when he passed away right before the season almost 10 years ago, but enough is enough.

I understand giving the fans an opportunity to lead Wrigley Field is a remarkable honor, but after that the tradition needs to stop. The celebrities are either people who shouldn't be near a baseball field (Jeff Gordon and his "Wrigley Stadium") or there are people who have done it numerous times. So I say let the fans have their moment in the sun, and then do what should have been done after Harry passed, you end the fake enthusiasm.

You end the celebrities, the politicians, the people who happen to have an event in town that week, and you give it to the person who deserves to lead Cubs Nation every night. You give the microphone to a man who lives and dies with the Cubs. If he doesn't want it, then you end it all together, but my guess is he wouldn't pass up the chance to celebrate or share the pain of being a Cubs fan. We've all heard him scream with joy, disappointment, and pound his desk, and all real Cubs fans know Ron Santo is the only one qualified to lead Cubs fans everywhere.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

but if "poloticians" aren't allowed to sing during the 7th inning stretch, what will quench Chicagoans insatiable thirst for horses and mallets?

G Bev said...

As someone who has a love/hate relationship with the Cubs I have to say that dumping the whole "Celebrity Seventh Inning Stretch" is a fabulous idea. It's time to put the Harry Carey deification to rest. It would help me lean a little more to the Love side. But not by much.

everythingscomingupmilhouse said...

why not ronnie woo?

John said...

And this was written before Bob Uecker was booed... If that doesn't make your point then the Cubs just don't want to listen.

Promote Ronnie to stretch singer and let someone else do the color analysis...