Last week, Bill Murray was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in a ceremony airing tonight on PBS. But there will be at least one fan not tuning in to watch tonight: Murray himself.
Murray, a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, will instead hit the Wrigley Field press box to lead the stadium in a rousing rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch at Game 3 of the Cubs’ battle against the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series.
The best-of-seven series is currently tied at one game apiece for both the Cubs and the Indians. Friday’s match-up marks the first World Series game to be played at Wrigley Field since 1945. The long-suffering Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908, but were the best team in baseball this season. The Indians have had a rough go at it as well over the years, and haven’t won a World Series pennant since 1948.
Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, a Chicago native, is set to sing the national anthem, while six-time MLB All-Star Billy Williams will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Murray is so loyal to his team that he previously told the New York Times that had the Cubs played during the time he was set to accept his Mark Twain Prize in Washington, D.C., he would’ve skipped the ceremony in favor of the game.
For the portion of Murray’s fan base not living and breathing Cubs baseball, PBS’ airing of Murray’s gala will feature an appearance by Steve Martin via prerecorded video, a poignant speech by Emma Stone, and a return to the comedy stage for David Letterman.