Cubs Media Monday: Do They Still Play The Blues In Chicago?

Monday, June 22, 2009

Cubs Media Monday: Do They Still Play The Blues In Chicago?

. Monday, June 22, 2009

Over the past couple years, the tradition of playing “Go, Cubs, Go” has become prevalent, and I never leave the ballpark until the song is over (or they lose, obviously). Steve Goodman is a favorite here at WAIW, and, although “Go, Cubs, Go” is the number one most played song on my iPod (123 times, the last time, evidently, at 12:41 a.m. on June 7; must’ve been a fun night), there is another great song that I think speaks to the true Cubs fan – “A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request.”

If you haven’t seen this video before, it is really a great one, shot from a rooftop across on Waveland. Goodman died in 1984, at only 36 years old. He had been diagnosed with leukemia when he was only 22 (earning him the nickname “Cool Hand Leuk”). Despite being a lifelong Cubs fan, he was never able to see them in the post-season. He died just two weeks before their 1984 appearance. Goodman had been scheduled to sing the Star-Spangled Banned before the playoffs; Jimmy Buffett filled in and dedicated the song to Goodman, thus bringing the name of the blog full-circle.

Hope you enjoy the video. Goodman was not only a great Cubs fan, but a wonderful musician. For some more information, see his webpage here.


cubbiejulie said...

i'm fairly certain i would hate "go cubs go" were it not steve goodman wrote it, but he gets a pass because of his other music. "you never ever call me by my name" is unparallelled songwriting genius.

Mike from a Humble Cubs Fan said...

Steve was a true Cubs fan and it is truly shameful he never saw them in the playoffs. I hope the rest of us don't die before we get to see them in the World Series.

Clay Eals said...


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