Ernie Banks and Tom Morello sing 'Take Me Out To The Ballgame' at Wrigley Field during 7th inning stretch of Cubs-Pirates game
Tom Morello and Ernie Banks singing 'Take Me Out To The Ballgame' during the 7th inning stretch of a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday, June 20, 2014. (Photo: Twitter / Tom Morello)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 20: Guitarist Tom Morello, best known for work with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field on June 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
Guitarist Tom Morello, best known for work with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field on June 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: Instagram / Tom Morello)
CHICAGO - APRIL 05: A statue of former Chicago Cubs baseball star and hall of famer Ernie Banks sits outside Wrigley Field on April 05, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: U.S. President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Hall of Fame baseball player Ernie Banks in the East Room at the White House on November 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Chicago Cubs baseball player Ernie Banks during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on November 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Medal of Freedom is the country's highest civilian honor. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Hall of Famer Ernie Banks is recognized before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds for receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 13, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs' Hall of Fame infielder, "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks shields his eyes from a spotlight during the Cubs' annual winter baseball convention Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Ernie Banks (14) of Chicago Cubs hits a single in first inning of second game with New York Mets, starting him around bases for what became his 1,000th run, July 29, 1965 in Chicago. His production for doubleheader was four runs. Catching is John Stephenson of the Mets. Umpire is Frank Secory. Cubs won second game, 9-0, after taking opener, 7 to 2. (AP Photo/Edward Kitch)
Except for the difference in uniforms it is difficult to tell who is the cather as Umpire Frank Dascoli practically climbs into Redleg catcher Ed Bailey's hip pocket for a close up look at pitch to Chicago's Ernie Banks in nightcap of doubleheader June 23, 1958. Note Dascoli's hand is forward of Bailey's shoulders. (AP Photo/GS)
Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs holds his grand slam bat and ball after setting a new record with his fifth bases-loaded homer in game against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 19, 1955. It was his 44th round tripper of the season. The previous major league record for grand slam homers in any season was four, held by ten players. (AP Photo)
MLB Baseball - Chicago Cubs Ernie Banks in an undated file photo. (Photo by Sports Mailbag/Sporting News via Getty Images)
UNDATED: Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs poses for a portrait. Ernie Banks played for the Cubs from 1953-1971. (Photo by Photo File/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26, 1969: First baseman Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubss returns the ball to the pitcher during a game on April 26, 1969 against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in New York, New York. (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1960's: Infielder Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs stands at the plate ready to hit during a circa early 1960's Major League Baseball game. Banks played for the Cubs from 1953-71. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - CIRCA 1968: Ernie Banks #14 of the Chicago Cubs looks on before the start of an Major League Baseball game circa 1968 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Banks played for the Cubs from 1953-1971. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 03: Tom Morello performs during the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at Fair Grounds Race Course on May 3, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Musician Tom Morello speaks onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Tom Morello performs with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band during their âHigh Hopes Tourâ at Hershey Stadium on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Hershey, Pa. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band performs in concert during their âHigh Hopes Tourâ at Hershey Stadium on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Hershey, Pa. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Hall of Fame Inductees (L - R) Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, and (Center) Tom Morello appear in the press room at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April, 10, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Talk about two worlds colliding in a once-in-a lifetime burst of pure sensational delight that bridges the gap between the generations and the music and sports worlds. During the 7th inning stretch of the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday, June 20, Cubs legend Ernie Banks and guitar legend Tom Morello teamed up to sing 'Take Me Out To The Ballgame.'
Ernie Banks, known as 'Mr. Cub,' is a Hall of Famer and one of baseball's all-time great players. His 512 round-trippers put him in a tie with Eddie Matthews for 21st on MLB's all-time home run list. Over the course of his illustrious 19-year career, Banks won two National League MVP awards (in 1958 and 1959) and was an 11-time all-star. He became a fan favorite in Chicago for his sunny disposition and his trademark phrase, 'Let's play two!' In November of 2013, The Huffington Post notes, President Obama awarded Banks the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Tom Morello rocketed to prominence as the innovative guitarist of the 1990s rap/metal band Rage Against the Machine. In 2012, he was ranked 57th on a Guitar World list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All-Time. Morello's unique style of playing is difficult to put into words, but a music writer described it as the 'euphonious and cacophonous, rendered with a whiplash poetic flair, a fullness of feeling that amounts to its own kind of bounty.' If you're not familiar with his music, it's probably best to just listen to some of his work. If you are familiar with his music, well then, you know why he's so awesome.
Morello is no stranger to collaborating with superstars. After the breakup of Rage Against the Machine around the turn of the millennium, he and the musicians from Rage teamed up with Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell to form the super group Audioslave. Morello has sold millions of records some of which have been certified double and triple platinum over the years -- both with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave.
More recently, Morello has been touring with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. In September of 2012, he and Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder 'played two' shows at Wrigley Field with The Boss. And earlier this year Morello and Vedder joined Bruce and company onstage in Australia for a ripping cover version of AC/DC's anthem 'Highway to Hell.'
Morello was born in the Harlem section of Manhattan in 1964, but was raised in a Chicago suburb and, in a Rolling Stone essay on how he would fix the notoriously hapless franchise, describes himself as a lifelong Cubs fan. He posted a photo of himself and Banks singing on Twitter with the message, 'Singing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" with Ernie Banks! #MrCub#SimonAndGarfunkelHarmonies#CubsWin'. Watch Banks, now 83, and Morello, 50, come together and perform a memorable rendition of the iconic baseball tune above. It's an instant classic.
Morello also threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game, and then posted on Instagram that he threw 45 mph heat on the outside corner for a strike. The Cubs, who infamously haven't won a World Series in more than a hundred years, defeated the Pirates, 6-3.
According to ESPN.com, celebs singing 'Take Me Out To The Ballgame' is a Wrigley Field tradition that continues the legacy of fabled Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray, who used to sing the song during the 7th inning stretch. Caray died in 1998 at age 78. Click here for videos of some of the most memorable performances over the years, including Bill Murray, Mike Ditka and John Cusack.