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From the Pages of Vine Line: Stretching out with Jeff Garlin


The following can be found in the Short Stops section of the June issue of Vine Line. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Comedian. Actor. Cubs fan. That’s probably the best way to describe Jeff Garlin (though maybe not in that order). He is such a big fan of the team, he even enjoys hanging around the Friendly Confines when the Cubs are out of town. Vine Line caught up with the funnyman during the opening series to discuss why he keeps coming back to Wrigley and how little he likes seeing Ryne Sandberg in a Phillies uniform.

Vine Line: What’s it like for you to spend an afternoon at Wrigley Field?

Jeff Garlin: The idea that you’re here for a game is amazing. But when I come by here, on a day when the Cubs are even out of town … I remember once even being here, eating an ice cream bar—it was 10 degrees outside—eating an ice cream bar with my friend right by the entrance to Wrigley, just because. It makes me happy.

VL: Who’s your all-time favorite Cub?

JG: Well, I have a bunch—Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Fergie Jenkins, Glenn Beckert, Don Kessinger. The point being I just love the Cubs. … But I guess my favorite all-time Cub if I were to pick one would be Ron Santo. When I met him—I met him quite a few times, singing and being here—every time I left the booth, he stood up to shake my hand. Mind you, that’s a guy with no legs standing up to shake my hand. So from that moment on, I always get up. Always.

VL: In addition to your other jobs, I’ve heard you enjoy photography. How did you get into that?

JG: I was watching Colin Greenwood. He’s the bass player for Radiohead. I was hanging out with him, and he just loved taking pictures. I sort of had started a little bit, and he inspired me more. Then, over the years, I’ve gotten more and more into it. I don’t show anybody my pictures though. I’m not good enough yet. Someday I’ll have a book, do an exhibition.

VL: How does it feel seeing Ryne Sandberg in a Phillies uniform?

JG: I’ve ignored it, which means I’m not looking for it. I don’t want to see it. I don’t like the way it feels … just knowing he’s the manager of the Phillies. I’m happy he’s got a gig, but I don’t like it. I don’t like it at all. It really makes me nuts, more so than I even thought. I thought I’d be cool with it. I’m not cool with it. The manager, [Rick] Renteria, seems like a great guy, a really good manager. But I just love Ryne Sandberg. He’s Ryno, gosh!

VL: If you were allowed to take one souvenir from Wrigley Field, what would it be?

JG: The scoreboard. [I’d put it] in the front of my house, put it on the ground, lean it back. That’s where it would be. I’d lay it on an angle, and I’d clean it. But I’d let things grow on it over time.

Coming Up: Seventh-Inning stretch singers as Cubs host Astros

Cubs fan and star of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Jeff Garlin sings the stretch in 2010. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Here’s a current listing of the seventh-inning stretch conductors for this weekend:

  • Friday, July 22. Jeff Garlin / Actor, producer and comedian
  • Saturday, July 23. Kevin Butler / Former Chicago Bears placekicker
  • Sunday, July 24. Walter Jacobson / Chicago TV news personality

While you’re at the ballpark this weekend, be sure to pick up a Vine Line Game Day Edition, the Wrigley Field program and scorecard that’s only $2.

1000 Words: Jeff Garlin will be keeping score too

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Jeff Garlin will be visiting Wrigley Field today to sing the seventh-inning stretch. The comedian got his start in Chicago and now is a leading voice in the animated movie Toy Story 3 coming out in June.

1000 WORDS LOGO.jpgOne of the Cubs’ most enthusiastic celebrity fans, Garlin was keeping tabs on Opening Day in our Scorecard EXTRA while watching from the PNC Club. Will you be keeping score this weekend, too?

Five minutes with Jeff Garlin

GARLIN J 071108 184.jpgOn July 11, comedian and actor Jeff Garlin visited the WGN-TV booth fresh off the heels of his new, critically acclaimed animated film, Wall-E, to lead a subdued Friday afternoon crowd in “Take Me Out To the Ball Game.” In his subsequent interview with broadcasters Len Kasper and Bob Brenly, Garlin boldly guaranteed a Cubs win that day, though the team was not winning at the time. Luckily for him, Aramis Ramirez came through with a walk-off home run that sent the Wrigley crowd into a frenzied celebration. Jeff also took the time to sit down with us to talk about his deep passion for the Cubs and how he keeps tabs on the team.

— Jennifer Dedes Nowak

Vine Line: What brings you to Chicago?
Jeff Garlin:
Two things bring me to Chicago. Obviously, to sing today which is always an honor, and my sister-in-law is getting married tomorrow to her Cub fan fiance. They are lovely and wonderful.

VL: What’s your baseball background?
When I was growing up, I played baseball. I was a huge Cub fan. I lived in Morton Grove [Ill.]. I pretended to be Billy Williams when I was batting and Ron Santo and Bobby Tolan and also Willie Stargell and Joe Morgan because they had very distinct batting styles. I didn’t play Little League until I was older, but I played with my friends every day after school.

VL: What’s the scouting report on you?
Power-hitting first baseman with a high batting average but a weak arm. There you go.

VL: You have sung “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” a few times at Wrigley now. Is it something you get nervous about performing?
No, no at all, zero. I was looking at ESPN and the list of all the people that sang before, and I think I am the record holder for singing it the most times of any actor or performer. Ernie Banks has sung it every year, and I looked at the other categories, but in terms of the actor categories I believe this is No. 5 for me, and I would be No. 1. I’m going to brag about that for a long time.