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REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin can't fight feeling White Sox

Postby tater1977 » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:45 pm

REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin can't fight feeling White Sox chose wrong song ... story.html

By Phil Thompson•Contact Reporter
Chicago Tribune

August 24, 2017

REO Speedwagon lead vocalist Kevin Cronin had dreamed of a White Sox World Series victory since he was a boy growing up in Oak Lawn enchanted by the "Go-Go Sox," the 1959 pennant winners.

So here he was, sitting in a Detroit hotel room in 2005, giddily watching the Sox's championship parade on TV, when a bit of professional envy kicked in.

"So the players' float comes around the corner and I hear, 'Don't Stop Believin'' being played, and I'm like, 'Wait a second, are you kidding me?' " Cronin laughed to Inc. "And here's Steve Perry, the original singer from Journey, on the float with the White Sox team singing, 'Don't Stop Believin'.' And I'm like, 'Wait a minute, this is so wrong.'

"I'm the guy with the White Sox picture in my road case. I was the guy who was Luis Aparicio for my entire childhood. Steve Perry's from Northern California — what does he know about the White Sox? It became a little bone of contention, but, of course, funny."

But this story has a happy ending: MLB Network will use Cronin's "Can't Fight This Feeling" in a new commercial to promote its playoffs coverage, starting in September.

Cronin added that he had a tongue-in-check war of words with then-Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski. "I wrote him a letter giving him a hard time because the word came down he was guy who chose that song."

Even friend and Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf wasn't spared his righteous indignation when they were seated together at a charity event. "I was being playfully, pretend angry. 'Jerry, I can't believe you did this.' We just kind of joked around about it," Cronin said. "I didn't lose any sleep over it. It was just good fun. He did say that it definitely won't happen again. So I'm looking forward to the next time the White Sox win the World Series, maybe we'll have a little 'Ridin' the Storm Out' or 'Keep Pushin'' or, hey, 'Can't Fight This Feeling.' It does seem to be working for Major League Baseball."
Perry's good natured bonhomie & the world’s most charmin smile,knocked fans off their feet. Sportin a black tux,gigs came alive as he swished around the stage thrillin audiences w/ charisma that instantly burnt the oxygen right out of the
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