Wrigley Roundtable

August 15, 2007 | Comments (0) | by Jake the Terrible Cubs Fan

Once again it's time for our weekly segment in which we debate a selected matter of interest. The topics could range from the Cubs to baseball or other sports, to movies and music.

Our panel of bartenders will weigh in, and we invite any of our readers to offer their two cents as well. So grab a beer and a handful of stale popcorn and tell us what you think.

Today's topic: A New Theme Song for the Cubs?

Following up yesterday's post from Tommy Buzanis, today we'll discuss our candidates to be the Cubs official theme song for their pennant chase/championship run. The comments have come pouring in and somehow I've been stuck with the task of sorting through all the suggestions and coming up with a worthwhile list. Anyway after much consideration, here are the finalists*.

"Glory Days" by Bruce Springsteen - I think knowing this song is part of the U.S. citizenship exam. The Boss' raspy singing may be tough to decipher at times, but pretty much everyone can belt out the chorus. The connection to baseball makes this song an obvious choice as well.

"Baba O'Riley" by The Who - The Who wrote monstrous rock songs, destined to be played in large arenas, so Baba O'Riley would work well for a large pumped-up crowd. The song's lyrics and meaning really have nothing that ties in to baseball or the Cubs, but who cares really? I mean Boston fans all sing along to Neil Diamond for God's sake. We can rock harder than that at least.

"I Want You to Want Me" by Cheap Trick - A band with somewhat local ties (they're from Rockford). I know "Surrender" was suggested but I think this song is much better for singing in a large crowd setting. Obviously 'Live from Budokan' would be the preferred version.

"My Kind of Town" by Frank Sinatra - Not to be confused with the song "Chicago", which Frank also sang. Kids, if you're not familiar with this, it's high time you hopped on iTunes and downloaded some Sinatra. He's way cooler than that Plain White T's or Akorn (sic) crap you're listening to.

"Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen - We had to include something from our first ever War Hero.

"I Believe in Miracles" by Pearl Jam - Obviously the title is fitting for a Cubs playoff run. Plus Eddie Vedder is a lifelong fan, which makes Pearl Jam an appropriate choice.

"Heroes" by David Bowie - It's been used in commercials and other sporting events before but would still be a great song to hear after a playoff win.

"You're the Best" by Joe Esposito - Sweep the leg, Zambrano!

There will be a poll in the right-hand sidebar for readers to pick their favorite. I also hope to get these songs loaded onto TMS Radio in the next day or so for folks to hear.

UPDATE: Baba O'Riley won the poll. So from now on, if you're at home, at the bar, a bar mitzvah, whatever, be sure to blast it following every Cubs win.

*Please note that we intentionally left out "Sweet Home Chicago". It's become tired and overplayed and would be incredibly cliché.