Originally posted on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 3/1/13
The Chicago Cubs will no longer invite outside celebrities visiting Wrigley Field to lead renditions for "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."It was a controversial decision, but a decision that the team says it had to make. From now on, only celebrities with strong ties to the city or team will be invited to participate in the seventh-inning stretch ritual."I think the last couple of years we had gotten away to a couple of people who weren't tied to Chicago," said Jim Oboikowitch, the Cubs in-game programming director.The new plan calls for the microphone to be handed off to more people such as former Cubs players and celebrities who hail from the Windy City. Former Bears and Bulls players will also be accepted.The tradition was started by late Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray and has featured the likes of actor Bill Murray, country singer Kenny Chesney, rock icon Ozzy Ozbourne, and actor/Chicago native Vince Vaughn, among others.Via AP
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