As you probably know, Chicago Cubs are in the World Series for the first time since 1945. During the first few games, several celebrity fans made appearances to show their support, including Bill Murray, Amy Schumer, Vince Vaughn, and, of course, Eddie Vedder, who sang “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during Game 5.
However, Smashing Pumpkins frontman and lifetime Chicago native Billy Corgan has made a point to not interact with said “Cubs celebrities” while in attendance at the World Series. In an interview with The Chicago Tribune, Corgan revealed that he not only doesn’t speak to “other Cubs celebrities,” but he is actually entirely “anti-Cubs celebrity.”
Corgan believes that the celebrities that show up to Wrigley Field to support the Cubs as the World Series continues are nothing more than bandwagon fans. “Although I know a few Cubs celebrities, other Cubs celebrities tend to show up when the playoffs are around. I don’t necessarily see them in June. I might be a little biased being a Chicagoan year-round.”
It should be noted that this is not the first time Corgan has called out so-called “fans” that jump on the bandwagon just in time to see the team flourish. During Game 7 of the 2003 National League Championship Series, Corgan was asked to sing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” at Wrigley just after an eight-run inning put the Cubs down 8-3. “It was like a funeral or an Irish wake,” Corgan told ESPN, recalling his having to sing in front of thousands of heartbroken fans.
“People were crying, it was horrible,” he said. “Absolutely horrible. There are times in life when you think God is punishing you. That was one of those times.”
But he also had a message for fair-weather fans: “It was basically, ‘Hey, all you people that have ridden in on the bandwagon, when you are gone, we will still be here. If they have to wheel me in there at 102 with a helmet on or something so I don’t hit my head, I will still be there. I don’t know if I will have any heart left, but I will still be there.” Check out video of Corgan’s 2003 performance below.