Found February 19, 2013 on
World Series Dreaming:
Today, the Chicago Cubs are making more news off the field than they are on. In doing so, they could very well be upsetting a percentage of their fan base that lives off of the tradition of the team they have grown up loving. Some fans may be in favor of this proposed change, while others will deem this as yet another betrayal of the Ricketts family. The breaking news came from Cubs Director of in game programing Jim Oboikowitch, who let fans know about changes which would be centered around a long lasting tradition of Cubs games, the 7th inning stretch, as well as other minor aspects of the in game experience.
No longer will the Cubs be inviting random celebrities year round into the broadcasting booth to sing the stretch and to do an interview to promote whatever product or movie they are currently involved with. Instead, Oboikowitch has promised the organization will be focusing on former Cub players, Chicago natives and Cub fans. In other words, people who actually know and care about baseball, the Cubs and their history.
Oboikowitch says that they will still have some of the “A-Listers” from time to time, but will make sure that they know why they have been invited, and that their top priority will not be to pimp their latest venture. In fact, he says that not everyone that is invited to sing the 7th inning stretch will be invited into the booth. That is great news to me, as I have always felt the in game interview has always taken away from the game; especially on the radio. I hate when the guest in the booth talks over the announcers and keeps them from calling a play.
Granted, we will still have to suffer through tone deaf singers who butcher the song, but at least the Cub fans will know that the person coming in to sing most of the time will be someone who loves the team as much as they do. If I had my way, I would do away with the guest conductors all together, and just play a recording of Harry Caray singing the stretch, but I will take what I can get.
The other change Oboikowitch mentioned was about updating the recorded music that is played before games. He says they would like to bring the team and the music played at Wrigley into the new millennium, instead of the 80s where they have been stuck for a few decades. That likely spells an end to Van Halen’s song “Jump” and hopefully the Village People’s “YMCA”. Oboikowitch says he wants the music that is played to say Chicago, and also songs that will get the crowd pumped up.
If you are worried about the fate of Gary Pressy, Oboikowitch assures the fans that he is not going anywhere. Organ music and the Cubs will still go hand in hand. So there will still be that tradition living on at Wrigley Field.
The times are changing, and some traditions will be left in the past as the organization tries to grow into a professional organization. Some fans may want to hold on to the tradition that made them fall in love with the team, but no traditions last forever. Hopefully, this is not the last tradition that changes. One more tradition must change very soon; the tradition of losing year after year.
BEST OF MAXIM
Last week, the Cubs outrighted Tony Campana off thier 40-man to make room for Scott Hairston. Today, the Diamondbacks agreed to give up two pitchers for the speedster...RHP Erick Leal and RHP Jesus Castillo. Judging by the quality going out, I wouldn't expect much on the quality coming in, but maybe the Cubs unearth one of those diamonds in the rough. Leal, a 6-3" righty...
Everyone heckles the Cubs
Despite packing in the fans last year (the Cubs held the tenth spot in overall attendance rankings) the Cubs managed to fall 36 games behind the first-place Reds, finishing fifth in the NL Central standings. WIll the bleacher bums have something to cheer about in 2013 or will they heckle their own team worse than the two old men in the balcony on the...
Outfielder Alfonso Soriano has said that he wants to be a
part of the next winning Chicago Cubs’ team. However, if the Cubbies fall out
of contention this season, something could happen sooner than later, Soriano
would be interested in being traded, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago.
Soriano’s top priorities include going to a team where he
would feel comfortable...
Bad luck just keeps getting worse for Chicago Cubs’ starter Matt Garza. After
spending the second half of 2012 on the disabled list and the offseason rehabbing
his right elbow, Garza finally returned to throwing live batting
practice as the Cubs began full-squad Spring Training workouts. Now, Garza
will miss at least a week after Tuesday's MRI revealed a mild lat strain...
According to a report, the Cubs are willing to eat $26 million of the remaining $36 million owed left fielder Alfonso Soriano over the next two seasons, the last of the eight-year, $136 million deal he signed before the 2007 season. The contract includes a full no-trade clause, which Soriano invoked last season when he rejected a trade to the San Francisco Giants, using the negative...
Workouts are underway, less than a week until the Cactus League opener, and baseball cannot get here fast enough.
Today we are treated to a couple of Tweets as Darwin Barney engaged in live batting practice with one Jeff Samardzija, aka Shark…
Barney hits comebacker at Samardzija, who showed quick reflexes. Barney on near miss: “We don’t need that” #Cubs
— Carrie Muskat...
“Tom (Downers Grove)
People are downplaying the importance of Navarro coming here and backing up Castillo. Am I the only one who thinks Navarro was a great pick up and could play his way into starting?
No, you’re not–I’m convinced of the same possible result. During his media session on Monday, Cubs’ starter Matt Garza went on and on about Navarro’s...
I woke up this morning and for the first time all winter, I am suffering from a bad case of Offseason Blues. Perhaps it’s because for the first time all winter, I had to pull out the shovel to clear away that horrid white stuff off my driveway. Or perhaps it’s because the sub-zero windchill temperatures slapped at my face as I did so. I just need a reminder that the crack...
FINALLY! The Cubs have heard our cries!
Cubs in-game programming director Jim Oboikowitch said Tuesday there will be some changes to the stretch this year after listening to what fans had to say.
“I think we definitely want to focus on former Cubs players, people that are Chicago natives, people who know baseball and who are Cubs fans,” he said. “I do think we want...