Would Bill Murray Pass on Accepting the Mark Twain Award to Cheer on His Beloved Chicago Cubs?
Collect a prestigious award, or see the Cubs clinch the pennant for the first time in 71 years?
Sunday is already a big night for Bill Murray, as he’s set to a receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
But if the National League Championship Series keeps on going to game seven, then it’ll be an even more important date in Murray’s calendar. A seventh game in the series will decide whether or not the Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series for the first time since 1945.
The series is currently 3-2 in favor of the Cubs, who are challenging the Los Angeles Dodgers for a spot in the World Series (the Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908.) They’ll definitely be playing on Saturday, but if neither team wins both games they will face-off one last time on Sunday for the winner-takes-all World Series prize — the same night Murray is set to be honored.
If that happens, it’ll be quite the predicament for Murray, who cares about the Cubs a lot.
He’s been a Wrigley Field staple over the years, and especially during this year’s postseason games. You might argue that he puts a Cubs World Series win above his own professional accomplishments. In fact, he once said his beloved Cubbies winning the World Series was “more important” than him winning an Oscar.
But when you’re the guest of honor at the Kennedy Center, you’ve got to be there. Right? Right?
His brother Joel Murray (who has four tickets to a potential game seven) told the Washington Post as much.
“He has to [be in D.C.], pretty much, right?” Joel said, and it should be noted that Bill watched the 2003 playoff games with a dish from Rome, where he was shooting Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
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But Murray is — like many Cubs fans — feeling a little superstitious.
“They’ve won every game he’s been to,” Joel said. “He’s got that going. Thinking, ‘maybe I’m the good luck charm.'”
Despite the chance of an impending conundrum, The Kennedy Center isn’t prepping for a potential seventh game.
“As of today, [there is] no discussion about special provisions for Cubs playoffs game watching or monitoring during Mark Twain,” a Kennedy Center spokesperson told the Post.
Murray later followed up with the Post, and told them that despite his desire to see the Cubs potentially win the pennant, he’s sticking to his original plan.
“Ugh. If this [NLCS] goes to a Game 6 or 7, which it is going to, I’m not going to be there. I’m going to be there [at the Kennedy Center] having people say, ‘Oh, he’s a funny, funny man,’” he said. “I’d much rather be sitting there in a good box seat at Wrigley Field.”
Of course, the whole issue could be avoided if the Cubs win Saturday’s game, and clinch their spot in the World Series. Then, of course, Murray would have double the reason to celebrate on Sunday.
And if not, then Murray better download the MLB app.