Did Eddie Vedder help the Chicago Cubs hold onto a one-run win against the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 of the World Series? In a game Vedder's beloved Cubbies needed to win if they didn't want to spend the entire winter trying to figure out what they did wrong and what they need to do right next year in order to finally capture a World Series championship for the first time since 1908, the Pearl Jam singer may have been the key to victory.
Down three-to-one in the series, the Cubs dropped the first two home games of the World Series to Cleveland and were in danger of letting their opponents come back and win the ballgame. But Vedder, who is no stranger to singing to big crowds, led a rousing rendition of the iconic song, complete with a dedication to Chicago's catcher David Ross, who is playing in his last season and would love to retire with one more championship.
Previous nights featured other local celebrities Bill Murray and Vince Vaughn, but the team couldn't get the job done. But maybe thanks to Vedder, the Cubs held onto the 3-2 lead with the team's closing pitcher, Aroldis Chapman, shutting down the Cleveland batters as the Cubs sent the series to a sixth game in Cleveland to take place on Tuesday night.