5 worst 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' renditions
The Chicago Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908, and their chances of accomplishing the goal became slimmer after being shut out by the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Friday, giving them a 2-1 disadvantage in the series.
One thing that has stood the test of time, and the Cubs championship futility, however, is baseball's greatest jingle "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."
The song created by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer in 1908 has been sung by many people in ballparks around the world, with Wrigley Field being its most popular platform during the seventh inning stretch.
On Friday, actor Bill Murray graced the North Siders with a unique Daffy Duck version of the ballad, which earned him the 'G.O.A.T' status from MLB players, but may have made some eardrums tingle in the wrong kind of way, too.
Although Murray's rendition was cringe-worthy for some, it stood no chance against the following five worst performances of the song.
Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne
In 2003, during the height of their reality show "The Osbournes," former Black Sabbath front man Ozzy Osbourne and his beloved wife Sharon graced Wrigley Field with their rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Ozzy mainly mumbled throughout the entire song, but he did manage to get the last line right, which seemed good enough for the fans in attendance.
Who could ever forget singing sensation William Hung? Blue Jays fans at the Rogers Centre in Toronto surely wanted to after the American Idol "star" delivered his version of the song in 2004, which was about as great as him singing Ricky Martin's "She Bangs."
If fans at Wrigley were interested in hearing a high-pitched version of the classic song featuring a cracked voice, then comedian David Cross delivered the goods in 2013 when he grabbed the mic during the seventh inning stretch. At least he sang it with a smile, although he might have been the only one doing so during his performance.
Cubs fans were certainly pitying something in 2009 when Mr. T graced Wrigley with his rendition of the seventh inning stretch anthem. The actor who famously played boxer Clubber Lang in "Rocky 3," and B.A. Baracus on "The A-Team" was good for a laugh, but not for the eardrums.
Quite arguably the worst performance of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" of all time goes to NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon who not only didn't know the lyrics, but couldn't even read his cheat sheet correctly. Oh, and Jeff, speak into the microphone. It works better that way.
(Videos courtesy: MLB.com)
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