The Chicago White Sox are the talk of the town after clinching the American League Central Division crown Thursday. Sox fans can hardly contain their excitement, as they will see their first playoff game on the South Side since 2008. The energy in the stadium come playoff time should be absolutely electric. The Sox have already asked fans to all wear black for all home games.
The White Sox have plenty of star power with the likes of Tim Anderson, Jose Abreu, and Luis Robert. However, nobody in the city of Chicago can pump up a crowd quite like Chicago Blackhawks’ National Anthem singer Jim Cornelison.
Cornelison has been the full-time Anthem singer for the Blackhawks since 2007. He is no stranger to the big stage, having sung the Anthem before nine Stanley Cup Final games and numerous other playoff games with the Blackhawks. The Anthem sang by Cornelison before Game 6 of the 2009 Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. the Vancouver Canucks is considered by many to be the loudest they have ever heard the United Center.
Cornelison has also been nabbed by the Chicago Bears to sing the Anthem before big games at Soldier Field. He sang the anthem on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks before the Falcons vs. Bears game in 2011. Cornelison also kicked off the 100th season of NFL football when he sang the Anthem prior to kickoff of opening night for the NFL in 2019.
He has also sung prior to each of the last three home playoff games for the Bears. “Big Jim” kicked off Bears vs. Seahawks in the 2010 NFC Divisional Round. He also led the NFC Championship Game the same year when the Packers came to Soldier Field. Most recently, Cornelison shook the lakefront prior to the 2018 NFC Wild Card Round, where the Bears played the Eagles.
“It’ll give you the chills here in Chicago and the chills have nothing to do with the temperature.” Joe Buck summed it up perfectly. The Anthem in Chicago is just different. You can’t fully appreciate it until you witness it live. Goosebumps will run up and down your arms. It’s truly special.
Big games in Chicago and Jim Cornelison go together like Jordan and Pippen or Toews and Kane. It’s time to bring that energy to the South Side. Guaranteed Rate Field will likely be up for grabs regardless, but if you combine a Cornelison National Anthem with the players taking the field to Thunderstruck, the Astros may wet their pants before the first pitch is even thrown.
It’s time to turn up the volume on the South Side for these playoff games. It should be so loud that the Astros couldn’t hear a trash can banging if it were in the opposite batter’s box. Nobody in Chicago turns up the noise quite like Jim Cornelison. Let’s make it happen.