Stadium Songs: Chicago Cubs
August, 13, 2012
By Andrew Pentis | ESPN The Magazine
Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesAs the Chicago Cubs' victory song plays on the speakers, fans hold up flags with the letter "W."In seventh innings around the country every day of the season, fans stand and sing lyrics that were written way back in 1908. The shelf life of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" proves that America’s pastime has long been intertwined with its tunes. But for a more unique connection between city and club, teams rely on their own traditions -- some newer, some older.
We decided to find out the one song that each team relies on to get fans on their feet.
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Song: “Go Cubs Go” by Steve Goodman
Tradition: Played after every home win at Wrigley Field
• The Cubbies played the song during a 2006 “’80s night” game. Soon after, with the team seeking a post-victory song, an employee suggested the tune to fill the void.
• The die-hards bring a white “W” flag to games and hoist it while singing along.
• While most stadiums exclusively pipe in music through the speakers, the Cubs still employ Gary Pressy, who has spent 25 years as the Wrigley Field organist.