The Chicago Cubs were the rightful recipients of the Best Moment accolade at last night’s ESPY Awards, but it was an actor and an NHL star that ended up stealing the spotlight.
Actor Nick Offerman was on stage to present the award to the Cubs, who emerged as the 2016 World Series champions after a 108-year drought, but the players themselves weren’t in attendance to accept the trophy. Instead, legendary comedic actor and lifelong Cubs fan Bill Murray came out to accept the award on the team’s behalf.
The “Ghostbusters” star took to the stage wearing a backward Cubs baseball cap (with a party hat on top) and was seemingly acting drunk as he proceeded to make a speech, paying tribute to his favourite team.
Murray was raised on Chicago’s North Shore in Wilmette and was clearly proud of his team and their accomplishments. It’s unclear why none of the Chicago Cubs players were available to accept the award, but former Cubs catcher David Ross did appear on stage with a mop and bucket playing a fake janitor. After his identity had been revealed, he joined Murray and Offerman in a toast.
It wasn’t only Murray snatching the headlines at the ESPYs; social media was also buzzing over Canadian NHL pro P.K. Subban. The Nashville Predators defenceman was seen “having fun” in the audience, chugging from a bottle of champagne and just generally being the life of the party.