Ten Songs By Chicago Artists That Theo Epstein Should Know

[photogallerylink id=384 align=left]The press conference is tomorrow. Expectations are modest. As long as the blind can see, the lame can walk, and The Cubs can rise from the dead, Theo will have done his job. I’m making book on how soon someone asks him if he believes in curses. How many times have we seen new managers dismiss the idea of a curse before they’re led from the clubhouse mumbling to themselves, “How could that possibly happen?” Theo is a music fan. Add these to your ipod, Mr. Epstein, and everything will become clear.

Michael McDermott-Unemployed. “85 percent of the f#@%$&*# world is out there working, the other 15 percent come out here. It’s a f#@%$&*# playground for the c#%&*&%$#@#.”- The William Shakespeare of Cub managers, Lee Elia. I only regret that Theo missed my one man show: Lin Brehmer is Lee Elia, Cub Manager.

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This is the bleacher bum theme song at our opening day broadcast.

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Poi Dog Pondering-Be the One. Please. Be the one. Messiahs come cheap on the north side. They leave cheaper.

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Muddy Waters-Got My Mojo Working Pt. 1. There’s no billy goat curse. There’s no black cat curse. However, there is most definitely “The Curse of Bon Jovi.” They insist on playing that horrible Bon Jovi song at Wrigley Field before something bad happens. You can pick up a mojo hand at any good voodoo shop in New Orleans. Dig the crazy intro.

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Smashing Pumpkins-Bullet With Butterfly Wings. Billy Corgan’s masterpiece of desperation was not written for his devotion to a team that has tortured him, but I’m sure it was an influence.

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Andrew Bird-Fitz and the Dizzyspells. Don’t have em? You will.

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Urge Overkill-Positive Bleeding. “I live my life with no control in my destiny.”

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Wilco-I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. Yeah, a little obvious. Mary Dixon has sometimes compared to The Cubs to a bad boyfriend. The one you should break up with.

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Jeff Boyle-Cubs Win. An unpretentious number by a local singer-songwriter whose only agenda here is the sweet smell of victory.

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Steve Goodman-A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request. The generations that have come and gone without a World Series Championship should be nothing new to a Red Sox GM.

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Eddie Vedder-Go All The Way. Evanston born, Eddie feels it. Theo, until you find yourself misting up during this song, the infection has not set in. But it will.

Big Z is a train wreck. Aramis is a mope. Soriano is a good natured failure. And half the population of the city will hate you for no other reason than your association with a team that is not The White Sox. We wish you the best of luck.

The Natural-Wrigley Field. You’ve been told that this movie is a fairy tale. Roy Hobbs hits his dramatic home run against The Cubs so more real than you think.

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