The celebration was already in progress when the Chicago Cubs arrived back home at Wrigley Field at 6 AM Thursday morning following their historic World Series victory over Cleveland. There was already a crowd to greet them. Or, rather, there was still a crowd to greet them: The fans who had gathered outside the ballpark to watch the score on the marquee had stayed to celebrate all night long.
“Go, Cubs, Go” is more than a song. It’s a tribute to performer Steve Goodman, composer of the iconic song, “City of New Orleans, and one of the most devoted Cubs fans of all time. Goodman, a Chicago singer and songwriter, died tragically of leukemia in 1984 at the age of 36, just 11 days before he was scheduled to sing the national anthem at the Cubs’ first-ever appearance in the National League playoffs. It’s also a testament to Goodman’s particular sense of humor.