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.