Diehard Cubs fan Bill Murray has led the crowd through “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” countless times at Chicago’s Wrigley Field throughout the years, but never has the actor sung the tune at a Cubs World Series game.
With the Cubs playing in their first World Series home game since 1945, Murray was obviously pumped up, and that enthusiasm was captured in his passionate, somewhat loony rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” Friday night.
“It’s the bottom of the 7th inning, the last chance to order beer. But we didn’t come here to drink beer; we came here to win this ballgame,” Murray yelled to the Wrigley faithful. “In order to sing the right lyric – ‘Take me out to 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.”
Murray then proceeded to lead the crowd in the singing of the 7th inning anthem in the style of the Looney Tunes character and Space Jam co-star, accentuating his S’s so they spritzed saliva on delivery.
“Let’s get some runs, suckers,” Murray declared after the rendition ended. Unfortunately, the Cubs went on to lose the game 1-0, putting the team in a 2-1 hole heading into Saturday’s Game 4 at Wrigley.