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Watch: Chicago Cubs Get Symphonic Level Support
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 08:31 PM
It has become a recent tradition for local ensembles to record a video of support for their hometown teams during October baseball. Not to be outdone, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, lead by Riccardo Mutti, played a special symphonic rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" to support the Chicago Cubs as they hope to clench the National League pennant by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers and advance to the World Series.
Unlike other music ensembles in support of their home teams, this year is different. Because ... the Cubs!
The Chicago Cubs haven't played in the World Series since 1945 when they last won the National League pennant. The Cubs weren't victorious that year and haven't won a World Series since 1908 — which makes the power of symphonic support and fan support of any kind all the more crucial. Who knows, it could actually make a difference.
Will the Los Angeles Philharmonic answer with a video of their own? Stay tuned.
Update: The Chicago Cubs won the pennant and are going to the World Series!
Here's the Chicago Symphony playing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame."