Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and former Chicago Blackhawk Chris Chelios dropped by The Lodge in Chicago after a disappointing Cubs loss on Tuesday to the New York Mets in the NLCS. Vedder and Chelios served drinks from behind the bar. He also interacted with fans before the game. Vedder hung out with Kevin Millar from the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox before Wednesday’s game. See photos below!
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was interviewed on ESPN Chicago last week and discussed his passion for the Chicago Cubs. He also revealed that he had conversations with Theo Epstein as he was contemplating leaving the Boston Red Sox to become President of the Cubs. Read Alternative Nation’s transcription below.
“I’ll be honest about it, the first afternoon we had the conversation, the conversation was really based on family. He just had the one young boy Jack at the time, we really just talked about family. He had talked about longevity in our group, and how you keep things together, and are there changes that take place, because he was looking at either staying in Boston another 10 years, there wasn’t a chance for him to wait a year or two, this opportunity would be gone. So we had a really great conversation based on family, home, and roots. I was pretty proud of myself that I didn’t let my desire of the Cubs to be a winning team to monopolize the conversation.
But the next morning I woke up thinking (laughs), what did I do? Immediately, I texted him, and said: ‘Can we have another call? I need to talk to you again.’ Then we talked about what it would mean for the Cubs to be able to win, that there’s no bigger rocket fuel after what he experienced in Boston. He wasn’t going to find that anywhere else. I mean, San Diego would be a great place to live and be part of a team, and they’ve got good fans and they’ve got surf, and sunshine, but there was something about what could happen in Chicago.
It was hard, because he knew it was going to take some time, and I think the hardest thing for him was knowing that it was going to be okay, but for all the fans out there they had to put a lot of trust in him and Tom [Ricketts], and their teams, and the team they were putting on the field. Then when they got Joe [Maddon] this year, I think that was probably the biggest part. But watching him go through that, and then seeing where they are now, it makes it all more fulfilling.”