I wasn't planning on posting this today, but then I realized -- how could I not?? After all, today is the first World Series game to be played in Wrigley Field in 71 years. I have no idea what will happen, the Series is tied one game apiece, and so I hope. And this is a song of hope.
It's "All the Way," written and sung by major Cubs fan Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. If you saw the video I posted the other day of the final out when the Cubs clinched the National League pennant, there was footage of team president Theo Epstein celebrating with his wife in his Skybox -- but if you look off to the side, there was Vedder with him. In fact, in recent years, as the team has improved, Vedder has worked out Pearl Jam's concert touring schedule so that the band won't be on the road during the baseball playoff. A mistake he made a few years ago. Not to be repeated.
There are a lot of versions of this song, some performed movingly in Wrlgley Field itself, one only two months ago, another with the children of Cubs great Ron Santo and Vedder's favorite player Jose Cardenal on stage with him, and another still last year surrounded by current Cubs players, team president Epstein and manager Joe Maddon.
But I'm going with this one. It's the official video and not only has the best sound, but also footage from teams past, and fans and Ron Santo, Ernie Banks and more. It's spot on.
It's about hope. And so, we hopes. Someday, we'll go all the way...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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