5 most infamous seventh-inning stretch performances in Cubs history
Chicago Cubs: At least Ozzy Osbourne was enthusiastic about it.
Heavy metal superstar Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon visited Wrigley Field on August 17, 2003. The two were both going to be in the both singing the stretch. When the time came, Osbourne was introduced over the public address system as the two stood next to Steve Stone in the booth. Osbourne hyped up the crowd, asking “Are you ready? I can’t hear you! Are you ready?”
“One, two, three…”
*Untranslatable mumbling to the tune of ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’*
*Something that sounded like, “I don’t remember what I have to do” followed by more mumbling*
*WGN cameras pan to crowd laughing*
“One, two, three strikes you’re out at the old ballgame! Hey!”
Safe to assume Osbourne did not know much about baseball or the Cubs being a heavy metal rockstar from England. This performance was all over the news later that evening and the next day. Even with the confusion, both the Osbournes appeared to have fun and everyone had a good laugh. Osbourne was born to entertain, and he certainly did that.
The Cubs have elected to scale back the celebrity appearances and play Harry Caray on the video board more often. Sometimes they play Ernie Banks or Ron Santo singing as well. At the end of the day that is probably what the fans want.