The Chicago Cubs are modifying their long-time tradition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch. The song, sang during the break by legendary Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray until his death in 1998, has been sang by a revolving door of celebrities in recent years.
The Cubs will still honor the memory of Caray by keeping the song in play, but instead of a rotating crew of random celebrities that have no tie to Chicago or the Cubs, the team will instead focus on former Cubs players and Chicago-based celebrities.
This is probably a step in the right direction for the Cubs. While the awful renditions of the song provided plenty of laughs, it was getting out of control at times, and almost turned into a routine of "hey, who's in town with something to promote?" Seeing some of the oblivious, offkey singers in the booth is something that got played out pretty quickly, and even if the Cubs end up using some of the same celebrities multiple times in a season, at least they'd be passionate and would respect the tradition as opposed to someone just showing up for a photo op