As previously noted, Bill Murray is a lifelong and diehard Cubs fan. He even half-way joked earlier this week that he might have skipped the ceremony for the prestigious Mark Twain Award for Humor that he received last Sunday if the Cubs had needed to play a seventh game in the NLCS. That passion combined with the fact that he’s one of the most beloved comedians in the world made him the perfect choice to lead Cubs fans with “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the first 7th inning stretch in a World Series game at Wrigley Field in 71 years. As you’d expect, his rendition was strange and endearing. It was also occasionally sung in the voice of a beloved Warner Brothers cartoon character.
“It’s the 7th inning, the last chance to order beer!” he shouted to applause. “But we didn’t come here to drink beer, we came here to win this ball game! I said to the Uber boy, I said, Take me out with the crowd!’ And in order to sing the right lyric, take me out with the crowd, you need to sing it like our greatest American entertainer, Mr. Daffy Duck. So I want you to spray it and don’t say it!”
True to his word, Murray alternated between his normal voice and that of Daffy Duck as he belted out the classic baseball tune. “Let’s get some runs, suckers!” he splattered at the end.
Alas, even Murray’s Daffy Duck tribute wasn’t enough to help his cubs, who lost to the Indians 1-0.