Zach LaVine among Cubs VIPs expected for Game 3; Bill Murray to sing the stretch

Zach LaVine may get a taste of Chicago’s playoff atmosphere if the new Bulls guard attends Game 3 of the National League Division Series, as expected. He may be joined at Wrigley Field by teammate Justin Holiday, according to the Cubs’ celebrity guest list.

Here are some other VIPs who told the Cubs they planned on attending today’s game.

  • Eddie Vedder: Last month the Pearl Jam frontman jammed with street  musicians near Wrigley Field      
  • Bill Murray: The actor-comedian and Cubs No. 1 fan reportedly in talks play Cubs manager Joe Maddon in an upcoming movie.      
  • Joel Murray: Bill’s brother and CEO of Murray Brothers LLC model Cubs-themed apparel for the William Murray Golf line.      
  • Tom Morello: The Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave  musician wore his Cubs hat on recent appearances on “The Daily Show” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.”    
  • David Axelrod : The former political strategist hosted Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein on episodes of his podcast, “The Axe Files,” earlier this year.      
  • Chris Chelios: The former Blackhawk and Vedder are thick as thieves at Cubs games, events and hangouts.
  • CM Punk: The wrestler and mixed martial artist tweeted Monday, “Beautiful day for a ballgame. @Cubs or a hockey game. @NHLBlackhawks or some pigskin. @ChicagoBears  I see you all. Let’s go!!!! #Chicago”
  • Wallace Smith: He and fellow “Hamilton” cast members sang “Go Cubs Go” onstage.
  • Dan Dakich: The radio show host often talks about the Cubs on his show.      
  • Scott Simon: The NPR host put out a book, “My Cubs: A Love Story,” this spring.      
  • Chris Jacobs: TLC “Long Lost Family” host also took in the first two games of the series at Nationals Park.       
  • Max Weinberg: Bruce Springstein’s E Street Band drummer is a big Cubs fan and Joe Maddon is a fan of Springsteen and his band.

Cubs alumni:

  • Steve Trout  
  • Brian McRae  
  • Dave Otto  
  • Scott Sanderson  
  • Gene Hiser  
  • Ryne Sandberg  
  • Tim Stoddard  
  • Rich Nye  
  • Shawn Boskie  
  • Randy Hundley   
  • Sean Marshall  
  • Billy Williams  
  • Bill Campbell  
  • Brian Dorsett 

Chicago crooner John Vincent will sing the national anthem, retired Cubs great Billy Williams will throw out the first pitch, former Bears coach Mike Ditka will yell “play ball,” and Bill Murray will sing the seventh inning stretch.

The last time Murray sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during a Cubs playoff game, it was Game 3 of the World Series and he imitated the voice of “our greatest American entertainer, Mr. Daffy Duck.”

plthompson@chicagotribune.com

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