“Let’s scare the hell out of these Cardinals!”
Actor, comedian and die-hard Cubs fan Bill Murray delivered an impassioned performance of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch on Friday as the Chicago Cubs faced off against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The game, which the Cubs won 8-5, was the first time Wrigley Field hit full capacity since before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is what it feels like to be 100%!” Murray shouted, rallying the crowd. “We’re gonna be louder from right now until the last out in the top of the ninth inning. Understood?”
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 11, 2021
At the top of the fifth inning, the Cubs were down 5-1, but they were able to tie it up just before Murray took the mic. The actor and Chicago native must have truly “scared the hell” out of their rivals, because after his fiery rendition of the ballpark classic, the Cubs scored three runs, shutting the Cardinals out.
This isn’t the first time Murray has served as Wrigley Field’s guest conductor. In July 2020, Murray sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” from home while clutching a giant stuffed bear.
Bill Murray with the 7th inning stretch! pic.twitter.com/JDTmnKOAbF
— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) July 25, 2020
In 2016, Murray energized over 40,000 fans with a Daffy Duck version of the song.
Later that year, Murray celebrated Chicago’s World Series win with then Cubs President Theo Epstein. The comedian was sprayed with champagne before dumping the rest of the bottle on Epstein’s head.
Murray is set to reprise the role of Dr. Peter Venkman in “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” premiering on Nov. 11, alongside Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts. Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Paul Rudd also star.