FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema grew up in Prophetstown, Ill., about three hours west of Chicago.
His father was a St. Louis Cardinals fan, a fact that Bielema said “kind of” made him a fan of the Chicago Cubs, who are currently playing in their first World Series since 1945.
“I love the environment of Wrigley,” Bielema said Monday. “I’m not a huge baseball guy. In gym class, I was usually near the top of the pecking order in every sport except baseball. I couldn’t play the game to save my life. I couldn’t hit a ball. That little white thing came in pretty fast.”
During his Monday press conference, Bielema recalled singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the 7th-inning stretch at Wrigley Field back in 2007, only months after his Wisconsin team had beaten Arkansas in the Capital One Bowl.
“I rocked it, man,” Bielema said. “‘Hey Phillie fans, sit down. Cub fans let me hear you.’
“They booed me at first because they said the whole Wisco thing and you’re in Chicago, but then they came alive and I got a pretty good standing O, so it was fun.”
Bielema described the experience as “my best non-football sports memory.”
The Cubs are currently down 3-2 to the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. If they can rally and win, it would be the Cubs’ first World Series title since 1908.