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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.
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.
One 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?
On 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 fiancée. They are lovely and wonderful.
VL: What’s your baseball background?
JG: 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?
JG: 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?
JG: 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.