A recent chance encounter got me thinking of our tradition of singing at the end of the home game wins. I was in the dentist office waiting for a 6 month check up. My cell phone, which rings with "that song" goes off. A 75 year old lady looks at me (the dentist office is in Des Moines) and I say "Sorry, I'm a big Cubs fan". She smiles, looks back and says, "I love that song, I watch all the games too"!
It's addictive isn't it. We're hooked to waiting for the end of the game to see everyone stay and sing. On our recent trip to Wrigley we all agreed we had to win so we could stay and sing. That little Steve Goodman jingle has turned into a huge marketing tool by keeping fans in the seats a little longer, contributing to the cash cow. Viewers never switch the channel until we've sung.
And, could this be a subtle reason why we've been so successful at home? The players should absolutely love this. Wouldn't you like to hear the fans sing about you and your team if you were on the field. A sister of a friend who lives in Lincoln Park says after a cubs win she can hear the song outside. Pretty impressive.
Here's the finish. Share any end of the game story you have about singing. Also, does anyone know the first time last year it played, who is responsible for choosing to play the song? Was it played, stopped and started again? Steve Goodman would be very proud right now, just like we are because if we win, we sing! And, that addictive song gets stuck in my head and I'm hearing it all day after a win. Go Cubs Go!