The Chicago Cubs recently announced that they have decided to pull the plug on a Wrigley Field tradition: celebrity guests singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the 7th inning stretch. The reason? Well, I think ostensibly it’s to return to the more old-fashioned ballpark traditions and make the games less about out-of-town celebrities. But if that’s the official reason, the unofficial one is that so very many of the performances in recent years have really, really sucked. I mean, with some of these performances, if they didn’t force you to turn away or cover your ears, then they made you roll your eyes or scratch your head.
Anyway, today, in order to prove that Theo Epstein and his staff at Wrigley Field made the right call in canceling the celebrity appearances, I’ve put together this list of the worst renditions of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in Wrigley Field history. I’d say “enjoy,” but that’s ridiculous. Just try not to cringe.