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And join in they did, first at White Sox games and then at Wrigley, when Caray started his run with the Cubs in 1982. Fifteen years after his death, Caray is still part of the celebration, both inside the park where some guest singers still mention him, and outside, where fans can see a statute of Caray in his famous singing pose.

Oboikowitch said the new plan calls for handing the microphone over to people like former Cubs players and various Chicago celebrities like actors Vince Vaughn and Gary Sinise. Always welcome would be any member of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Bears, of course.

“They’re always exciting for people to see … to have them back and relive some of the glory,” Oboikowitch said.

That’s not to say there won’t be rough patches.

Da Coach himself, Mike Ditka, raced through the entire song in a matter of seconds. Former Bears lineman Steve McMichael was the first _ and last _ guest singer to be ejected from the game by an umpire who didn’t appreciate McMichael’s critique of a call he’d just made.

Rhodes also said the new plan could mean the same guest performers, from John and Joan Cusack to anyone who once performed at the city’s famed comedy club, The Second City, sing over and over again.

“You’re telling me we’re going to get more Jim Belushi?” he asked. “That’s not a recipe for success in my book.”