A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request



Steve Goodman was one of the best country songwriters of his era, a funny little guy with a great knack for a tune (he wrote that Arlo Guthrie classic, City of New Orleans). He was also a diehard Cubs fan, and recorded this song shortly before his death of leukemia in 1984.

Today, with the Cubbies sitting atop the NL Central heading into the all-star break, everyone’s excited in Chi-town, and it seems like a good time to dust this beauty off. It’s got everything we love about baseball: joy, frustration, nostalgia … maybe most important of all, a leisurely pace. Enjoy.

If the unthinkable happens, and the Cubs actually win a pennant, we hope Steve will be watching. But we all know they’ll blow it, don’t we? Otherwise they wouldn’t be the Cubs.

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A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request

  1. Here it is…I’m going all in.
    This is the year. The Cubbies win the Series this year. And when they do Leon Durham and Steve Bartman should be invited to the victory parade. all will be forgiven.
    You heard it here first.

  2. Is your name really Steve Maich?
    Or is that you, Steve Bartman?!
    A bold prediction, Whoever You Are.
    Here’s another one: if the Cubs make the World Series, they won’t be playing the Jays…

  3. …they won’t be playing those dreadful Tigers either, Mr. Friscolanti. I hope the Cubbies get there. It would be a sweet fall classic if they made it.

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