Ultimate stretch, ultimate fan

Over 1,000 fans are registered for today’s second annual Ultimate Seventh-Inning Stretch Competition. Fans will channel Harry Caray (or maybe Ozzy Osbourne) all over the ballpark, from the home clubhouse to the media interview room to the Mezzanine Suites. Volunteers from the front office videotape every participant’s performance and ultimately pick the 50 semi-finalists. Fans will then vote on cubs.com for the top 10, to compete and be judged again in August.

The marketing department is really excited to do this event again, after last year’s competition showed yet another passionate side of Cubs fans. Every age from kids to grandparents traveled from all over the country, dressed in old Cubs gear or creative costumes, pleading their case as to why they are the ultimate fan to sing the stretch.

And this year, fans will get a great souvenir: their very own t-shirt saying they sang the stretch. But I’m guessing that will be a small part of the memories our fans will take away from tomorrow.

Did you sing last year? Are you competing today? What singing style brings out the stretch for you?

Fukudome Stars cap.jpgAll-Stars and Stripes

Remember those great Stars and Stripes caps that the Cubs wore over the Fourth of July weekend?

The Cubs’ Community Affairs department currently is auctioning off four autographed Stars and Stripes caps, to benefit Chicago Cubs Charities. The caps available are signed by Kosuke Fukudome, Aramis Ramirez, Lou Piniella and Geovany Soto.

Better hurry, though: Bidding for these exclusive items ends this Sunday night.

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