Scottie Pippen is a legend in Chicago. He will be from now until the end of time, so basically anything he does will be forgiven by the lovely people of The Windy City.
One thing that could have gotten him in some hot water among Chicagoans is butcher “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” at a Cubs game. Pippen did just that on Saturday night, when he was selected to sing the song to the crowd at Wrigley Field during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. The NBA Hall of Famer started out fine – he got the crowd fired up and ready to sing, he counted them in, and he nailed the first line of the song.
From there, things went off the rails for Ol’ Scottie. He forgot how the second line of the song went, sang the fourth line (“I don’t care if I…”) before the line about purchasing peanuts and Cracker Jacks, and just stopped singing for a while to reorient himself.
He did get his bearings about him and finish the song, plus he knew that he needed to take a back seat every now and then to let the crowd take over when he wasn’t sure about the words, which is good! But man, for about 10 seconds there, it looked like Scottie was in some serious trouble. Then again, no matter how badly he screwed up, the Cubs won the Pennant on Saturday, so no one in Wrigley would have cared that much.