In the early 1970s, the Chicago White Sox decided to put a live and televised microphone under broadcaster Harry Caray as he led the Comiskey Park faithful in a previously-un-broadcast seventh inning rendition of ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame.' That tradition carried over to Wrigley Field when Caray began calling games for the Chicago Cubs, and the process was turned over to a rotating cast of celebrities when a heartbroken city learned of Caray’s death in 1998.
Chicago Bulls rookie Doug McDermott is the latest amongst those celebrities to take to the mic, and on Thursday evening he … well, he did not acquit himself well to the faithful. Whether or not you want to listen is your own call:
Summers without Harry Caray are like hell without ice cream. I was born and raised in Chicago and I’m not a Cubs fan, but nothing will ever match listening to that man calling a game for a team that will probably end its season with 80 wins, with Vance Law’s glasses manning the hot corner. I respect the fact that the Cubs continue the tradition of letting stars both big and burgeoning lead the Wrigley crowd in the middle of the seventh, but sometimes you’re going to have some clunkers.
McDermott, coming off of a fantastic NBA Summer League performance, is one of those clunkers. Still, he’s to be credited for trying, and as someone who has gotten the yips in preparation for singing in front of a crowd of 50, it’s understandable that this young man would have a few issues belting this song out in front of over 30,000 people.
It’s not Doug’s gig to sing, though. He’s in town to hit 24-footers, and all indications point to him being perfectly suited to work that role. We can’t wait to see him work as a Bull.
Doug, still, do yourself a favor, new Chicagoan, and hit the Hot Doug’s line before Chicago’s other favorite Doug hangs it up for good.
- - - - - - -