The Chicago Cubs paid tribute to singer Jimmy Buffett on Saturday while in Cincinnati. However, due to the recently deceased star’s close connection to the team, they didn’t stop there. In addition, they had something perfectly planned for the Parrotheads when they returned home to The Friendly Confines.
On Labor Day, the club paid homage to Buffett, turning Wrigleyville into Margarativille to honor the longtime fan and friend of the franchise. The popular and personable musician was 76 years old when he passed away at his home in Long Island, NY, over the weekend.
“If there’s a heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached.” Buffet once said. That’s likely true. Before he got there, Buffet probably stopped off for one more Old Style, a hot dog, and a least a couple of innings in those Chi-Town bleachers.
Jimmy Buffet’s connection to Wrigley Field extends beyond his backing of the Baby Bears. In 2005, he became the first musician to ever play a concert at the legendary stadium.
Of course, the franchise also issued a statement of thanks and farewell, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of legendary musician and Cubs fan Jimmy Buffett. Thank you for introducing Wrigley Field to the world as a concert venue. The Cubs organization sends its sincere condolences to Buffett’s family, friends, and fans.”
The Cubs played Buffett’s song “Come Monday” before the game against San Francisco to liven the crowd. A fan vote over which JB song to play during the fifth inning saw “Cheeseburger in Paradise” win handily.
The song wasn’t the only thing that won. The Cubs did, too, blanking the Giants 5-0, in a bittersweet victory where they said bye to Buffet. The club is still in the thick of things, just 2.5 games back of the Brewers in the NL Central. With a month to go, we will see if the Windy City Nine can rally for a postseason run. Or, if 2023 is another season that just goes wastin’ away again.