Fazio unveils new Cubs song at Wrigley Field

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Windy City crooner Sam Fazio debuted a newly discovered Cubs song before the team’s Aug. 2 matchup with the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.

Titled “Come Out to Wrigley Field,” the tune was written by Pasquale “P.J.” Panico, a World War II veteran, musician and retired city of Chicago employee who passed away at the age of 95.

A recording of the song was discovered among Panico’s belongings by his grandson, Rob Sarwark. “I was gathering up his old records for safekeeping, and one was clearly not commercially produced,” Sarwark says. What he unearthed was a demo of a Cubs booster song co-written by his grandfather and a family friend, Paul Geallis.

With the help of local record producer Steven Serra, Sarwark had the recording digitized and distributed on all the major music platforms.

“I felt that it was just too good of a song to keep hidden from the world,” says Sarwark. “But my goal, and my grandfather’s, I believe, was for it to one day be performed at Wrigley Field.”

Fazio, a longtime friend of the family, felt the same way.

“When I first heard the tune, I knew I wanted to sing it and somehow perform it at Wrigley Field,” says Fazio. “I wanted to make P.J.’s and Rob’s dream a reality.”


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