Chicago Cubs: Dave Doeren

New NIU coach to sing stretch at Wrigley

April, 26, 2011
4/26/11
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Northern Illinois football coach Dave Doeren will sing the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

Illinois coach Ron Zook and Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald have had numerous cracks at the seventh-inning stretch in recent years, but this will be the first time for Doeren, who was hired in December.

“I said you’ve got to be kidding me,” Doeren said in a statement. “I can sing a little bit, but I wouldn’t say I’m a singer by any means. I’m good enough to get by, I’ve been known to break out a Johnny Cash tune every now and then, but I don’t have a singing background, and I can’t say I’ve really sung in public before. I do know the song -- I am an American.

“It’s a great tradition. I remember when Harry Caray used to do it, so I’m excited to be a part of it.”

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