Sadly, Steve Goodman did not live to see his beloved Chicago Cubs win the World Series this year. Nor did he hear the Cubbies’ anthem he penned, “Go Cubs Go” — maybe you heard it mashed up with Chance The Rapper’s “No Problem” recently — played at one of the most iconic ballparks in America, Wrigley Field. The folk singer-songwriter died from leukemia in 1984 at the age of 36. Perhaps even sadder is that 32 years after Goodman penned the song, his family won’t even reap the benefits of the Cubs’ World Series win catapulting it to #21 in digital sales with its streaming numbers surpassing 2.5 million according to Nielsen Music.
Why? Because his family sold the rights to his entire music catalogue just months before the win, according to his daughter, Rosanna Goodman. Rosanna told the Chicago Sun Times she expected it, though: “I called it. We sold it, and I said, ‘This is the year the Cubs are going to win the World Series.'” Goodman’s widow, Nancy Goodman Tenney, says he never anticipated a Cubs championship himself and didn’t even factor that into his detailed burial plans in the song “A Dying Cub’s Fan’s Last Request.” But ultimately his family is proud that Goodman’s anthem is the Cubs’ own and consider its resurgence a fitting tribute to his death that not even he could have asked for.
At this point it’s solidified as this team’s anthem. For me, that’s the ultimate. I think my dad would have been incredibly honored that that’s the song that rings out at the ballpark for his favorite team whenever they win.
Spoken like true Cubs fans — what’s money when you weigh it against a Cubbies World Series victory?