There were no fair-weather fans in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood on Monday (April 10).
Not at the Chicago Cubs’ home opener. And not at the surprise Brett Eldredge show across the street from the Wrigley Field baseball park.
A little rain, a quick hail storm, and plummeting temperatures were not about to keep fans away from either one.
Eldredge’s show had to be moved from the roof of the Old Crow Smokehouse to the stage downstairs because of the weather, but his willingness to show up and sing wherever he was just made country fans out of the Cubs fans in the bar.
He opened with “Lose My Mind” and closed with Steve Goodman’s “Go Cubs Go.”
“Before I leave here and start partying with all of y’all, I have to say, we are the World Champions,” Eldredge told the fans who packed the place a few hours before the game was supposed to start. “They can never take that away from us. We’ll always have that.”
Between songs like “Beat of the Music,” “Drunk on Your Love,” and “Wanna Be That Song,” Eldredge shared with the crowd how he ended up being the country singer with the biggest love for the Cubs.
“I’m from a little town in Illinois, and I went to Elmhurst College just down the road,” he said of his Chicago-area roots. His video for “Wanna Be That Song” was actually filmed inside Wrigley Field, and he’d told CMT.com at the time that the ballpark had a magic aura about it.
The same could be said for LOCASH‘s Preston Brust, who grew up on the Cubs in nearby in Kokomo, Indiana. When LOCASH took the stage for a short set before Eldredge came on, Brust told the crowd he was wearing his Cubbies underwear.
“I say we go back to back this year,” Brust said, and the fans agreed wholeheartedly that two World Series wins would be better than one.
LOCASH played their own recent hits–including “I Know Somebody” and “I Love This Life” — plus a cover of the Keith Urban song they wrote “You Gonna Fly,” TLC’s “Waterfalls,” and an orchestrated singalong on “Take Me Out To the Ballgame.”
That song was written back in 1908, which is incidentally the same year that the Chicago Cubs had won their last World Series.
Later that night — actually the game wasn’t over until 12:38 a.m. on Tuesday morning (April 11) — the Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 before a crowd of more than 41,000 people.