Yesterday, a photo popped up online of Jack White at a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. As a lover of most old-timey things, one would think White would have a blast at the 100-year-old national landmark. But at least when this photo was taken, he certainly didn't look it.
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So we ask, why was Jack White so sad at the Cubs game? Sure, the Cubs currently sport one of the worst records in baseball and haven't won a World Series since 1908 (and haven't played in one since… okay, we'll stop), but we dug a little deeper. Here are some theories:
1. They no longer sell Cubs-branded fedoras at the Team Shop.
2. He just knows that Patrick Carney from the Black Keys will show up at Wrigley later this week, probably sneering better than him.
3. The sound guy just played a recording of "Seven Nation Army" in compressed AAC format rather than the special 180-gram vinyl he cut for him earlier that afternoon (complete with hidden tracks, even).
4. The security guard confiscated his mandolin on the way in.
5. The 8-year-old sitting next to him wasn't impressed by his Neil Young story.
6. He wore his jersey, hoping he'd be able to try out for the team, à la "Rookie of the Year."
7. He just watched "Moneyball" and is bummed that more sabermetric-friendly stats aren't shown on the Wrigley Field scoreboard.
8. He can't believe Billboard chose to interview Pete Wentz and the Mountain Goats about the Cubs instead of him…. Okay, he probably doesn't care about that.
But then he hung out with Eddie Vedder, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, and Cubs general manager Theo Epstein and everything was all right!
White is currently on tour supporting his new studio album "Lazaretto," which debuted atop the Billboard 200 and set a new record for most first-week vinyl sales since SoundScan began keeping track in 1991. He'll play in Chicago tonight and tomorrow (July 24) and will continue through North America until mid-September.