On Thursday, March 26, 2015, Major League Baseball announced Chicago-born rock band Fall Out Boy will perform on-field for MLB Opening Night’s first-ever live musical performance during pre-game festivities on Sunday, April 5. Fall Out Boy will perform a total of three songs.
The Chicago Cubs will face off against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night opening the 2015 Major League Baseball season. The band’s platinum hit, “Centuries” will be televised live to a national audience on ESPN2’s Baseball Tonight show.
"Wrigley Field has always been a magical place to me. In some ways I can chart milestones of my life and growing up there - from going to see Andre Dawson and Ryne Sandberg play, to going with the my dad to the one of the first night games they ever had there, to the first time I took the 'EL' there on my own for a game with my friends," said Pete Wentz, Fall Out Boy bassist. "When our band all lived in an apartment together in Roscoe Village, we used to pass out fliers for shows at the Metro after games. It has been a lifetime dream to get the chance to play at Wrigley Field. We are grateful to MLB for the opportunity and so excited to perform for our hometown crowd."
In other Cubs news, manager Joe Maddon made it known that while he is impressed with young Javier Baez’s performance this spring, rumors that he was told he has made the club’s 25-man Opening Day roster are untrue. Maddon also added neither Cubs president Theo Epstein or general manager Jed Hoyer told Baez he has made the squad either.
Finally, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports top prospect and center-of-all-Cubs-roster-drama Kris Bryant will be afforded the opportunity to play in the outfield on Thursday. Bryant has played third base and has acted as a designated hitter in others to reduce fatigue in his shoulder.
Bryant, who has hit nine home runs this spring is the center of controversy due to the likelihood he will start the season in the Minor Leagues rather than on the club’s Opening Day roster. By holding off his start for roughly two weeks the Cubs can keep Bryant under team control for an additional year.