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Thank Caray, Chicago for popularity of 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame'

Originally Published: July 8, 2008
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- For Joe Rios, the nerves show up 81 times a year. And always in the seventh inning. He's usually standing in a Wrigley Field hallway, listening to Jeff Gordon, Ozzy Osbourne or some other celebrity lead 40,000 Cubs fans in "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," worrying about everything that could go wrong.

What if the mike stops working? What if the singer forgets to cue the crowd and the organist with "a one, a two, a three?" What if he or she forgets the words? Or refers to the ballpark ...

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