Don Cherry, the Kingston born & raised former NHL coach and Hockey Night in Canada commentator, was the special guest at Wrigley Field this weekend as the Toronto Blue Jays faced the hometown Chicago Cubs.
Cherry showed up in his typical fashion – wearing a loud, white and red cherry patterned suit – and a tweet from his Twitter account teased earlier in the game that fans should be sure to tune in to watch the 7th inning stretch, adding: “It should be a beauty.”
— Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerDC) August 19, 2017
He then appeared at the 7th inning to sing the classic song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”.
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Singing that tune is a long-standing seventh-inning tradition at ball games, with some parks replacing the last part of “So let’s root, root, root for the home team” with the home team’s name – for instance at Wrigley Field, substituted “home team” for “Cubbies”.
But ever the patriot, Cherry appeared unable to bring himself to favor the Cubs over Toronto’s Blue Jays, even in song, and changed “home team” to “best team” instead.
The switch drew a few good-natured boos from the crowd, but Don made an effort to get back into their good graces by yelling “Go Hawks!” at the song’s end – a shout out to Chicago’s NHL team.
The 7th inning stretch with a "Cherry" on top! pic.twitter.com/4HBKP2VVQh
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 19, 2017
Cherry’s patriotism was commendable but ultimately fruitless, as Toronto’s Blue Jays ended up losing to the Cubs 3 to 4.
Watch Don Cherry sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (via abc7 Chicago and “NHL Network” on Youtube)
Cherry was born in Kingston in 1934 to Delmar (Del) and Maude Cherry and was a student at KCVI high school in the 1950s.
Top image: Youtube screencap