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Chicago celebs to sing 7th inning stretch for Cubs

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06:56 PM ET 03.01 | Chicago is all about tradition and few traditions run deeper than anything associated with the Chicago Cubs. But the ballclub is making a controversial move in hopes that it can restore some Chicago pride to a long-standing tradition, as the Cubs will no longer be inviting celebrities to sing the 7th Inning Stretch. Now, before you get too upset, the Cubs made it clear that they aren't banning celebrities from singing the 7th Inning Stretch, they just have to be from Chicago in order to do it. So while this means the Vince Vaughns and Gary Sinises of the world can still belt out baseball's national anthem, we won't get another classic Ozzy Osbourne moment. Cubs in-game programming director Jim Oboikowitch said that the last few years has seen the 7th Inning Stretch get a little out of control in terms of who the club is allowing to sing. He told the Associated Press that the focus on Chicago-based celebrities returns the tradition to it's honest Chicago roots.

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March 2, 2013  01:21 AM ET

That should last about a week

March 2, 2013  02:51 AM ET

George Wendt and Dennis Franz grab a mike.

March 2, 2013  07:28 AM ET

I couldn't stop laughing at "honest Chicago roots".

March 2, 2013  08:37 AM ET

The tradition should have died with Harry. Far too Hokey and the end product never justified the means

March 2, 2013  08:59 AM ET

I wonder if they will invite Richard Daley to sing.

March 2, 2013  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I couldn't stop laughing at "honest Chicago roots".

I've already been booked by the Cubs for several games this year.

March 2, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I've already been booked by the Cubs for several games this year.

Well. You are a celebrity on here.


Of sorts.

March 2, 2013  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I've already been booked by the Cubs for several games this year.

I'll bet you sing like Ozzie

March 2, 2013  09:21 AM ET

Lets not worry about putting a winning team out there, lets worry about who does or doesn't sing in the 7th inning.

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March 2, 2013  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Lets not worry about putting a winning team out there, lets worry about who does or doesn't sing in the 7th inning.

Attainable goals...

March 2, 2013  11:21 AM ET
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I'll bet you sing like Ozzie

I'm very melodious, mixing in a strong south side accent.

March 2, 2013  11:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Well. You are a celebrity on here.Of sorts.

That's an honor coming from you, clem.

March 2, 2013  11:35 AM ET

Time for you guys to start winning some games, the song thing is getting Stale!!!

March 2, 2013  02:31 PM ET

The headline is "Chicago Celebs to sing 7th inning stretch for Cubs" and the article says "Cubs no longer allowing celebs to sing" What?

March 2, 2013  02:32 PM ET

and isn't "honest Chicago" an oxymoron? ;) *runs*

March 2, 2013  02:33 PM ET

also, it should be "its" honest Chicago roots, but I guess that's what happens when Fansided is your main provider of content.

 
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