So in ’03, were you rooting for the Cubs or the Marlins?
No, that’s Kenny world. I was definitely pulling for the Cubs. I’d been a Cubs fan for so long. I remember in ’98 when they were playing the Braves, they didn’t have a shot. But this time, they actually had a shot. They had a really good chance. They won the first series. They were up. And those Marlins, man, they did it again. That was their second title, which was pretty amazing.

In the song, Kenny is talking about “Blame Alex Gonzalez, that’s #8. Blame 21, Sosa,” and stuff. But he also names players from that Marlins team, to blame them also. Then he also blames people from the ’98 Braves and the ’98 Cubs teams too.

[Editor’s note: Kenny also blames members of the ’89 Cubs and ’89 Giants, along with a few other folks somehow related to the Cubs. The complete list of people Kenny Dennis suggests we blame for the Cubs’ perpetual failure instead of Steve Bartman:
First chorus: Randall Simon, Eric Karros, “#8” (Alex Gonzalez), “21” (Sammy Sosa), Wayne Messmer, D-Lee, [Kyle] Farnsworth

Second chorus:
[Jeff] Assenmacher, Jeff Pico, Damon Berryhill, Lloyd McClendon, Bob Brenly, Candy Maldonado, Roger Craig

Third chorus:
Kevin Tapani, Mickey Morandini, Phil Regan, Scott Servais, Alan Embree, [Andres] Galarraga, Ryan Klesko

Fourth chorus:
Steve Stone, [Mark] Grudzielanek, Dan Roan, [Luis] Salazar, Gary Scott

So then last question: Of all the guys that you named, give me your actual top tier most culpable people that you would blame for the Cubs losing in 2003.
It’s just baseball. Sometimes you just let it slip away. It just slipped away. You can’t really blame one person. It’s a team. It’s a team sport. Even if somebody did make a critical error, there were other things that could have been capitalized on innings before. Like say if you struck out with a count of 2-2 and there’s a runner on 2nd in the 3rd inning, you know what I’m saying? It’s just (pause) nah. I’m not blaming anybody. It’s sport. That’s why you love sport. It’s right there, and it doesn’t happen. That’s life. (Laughs.)

Jack M Silverstein is a RedEye special contributor. For more Kenny Dennis, check out the "Kenny Dennis" LP, released this June.

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