They’ve got the power, they’ve got the speed
To be the best in the MSC
Well this is the year and the Cubs are real
So come on down to Mercer Field …
As the president of the Grizzly Baseball Club and the father of two current Franklin players, Kyle Netter’s goal is to enhance the overall experience for the players and fans in any way that he can.
So when he heard the “Go Cubs Go” song that plays at Wrigley Field after the Chicago Cubs win, Netter figured it could be repurposed for the local nine in Franklin. He rewrote some of the lyrics to fit this team rather than the Windy City’s National League representative, then set out to find someone who could put those words to music.
After coming up empty with a few high school and college music departments, Netter did some searching and came across Electric Roy Studios, which opened its doors just a few months ago in downtown Franklin. Electric Roy founder Andrew Noblitt tabbed local singer Lance Short to record the lyrics over the instrumental file Netter had provided, and once Short could get into the studio, they got everything recorded in a day’s time.
“He did a phenomenal job on it, I think,” Noblitt said of Short’s effort on what he called a “pretty simple, fun project.”
Netter, whose sons Nolan (a senior) and Nash (a freshman) are both on the varsity roster, loved the finished product — and the response from players and fans alike has been overwhelmingly positive.
“We all thought it was really cool,” junior Max Clark said. “Just seeing the community back us up with everything that we do, and then having a win song, I guess you could call it, it was cool and obviously adds a little fun.”
“I had listened to it earlier, before the season started, and kind of forgotten about it,” Franklin coach Ryan Feyerabend added. “Then, we were able to win our first game, and while we’re shaking hands and the fans are leaving, the song plays over the PA, and it’s like, ‘Oh yeah — that’s really cool.’ It’s kind of one of those little added special things.”
Stomp your feet and clap your hands
The Grizzly Cubs have got the greatest fans …
Netter said that he’s shared the audio file with several Grizzly Cub fans upon request.
“Now when I walk up in the stands, there’ll be one of the grandmas and she’ll just start playing the song before the game even starts,” Netter said. “She said, ‘I sing this every day!’ I said, ‘That’s awesome — that’s what it’s for.’”
With the postseason arriving this week, Franklin won’t have any more home games, and since the chances of getting the “Go Cubs Go” remake played over the stadium speakers at Center Grove are zero at best, alternate plans are already in the works.
Netter will be packing a bluetooth speaker into his vehicle when he heads to games, and he’ll have the song ready in the parking lot should there be occasion to play it.
“If we eke out a win, that song will be playing as those boys enter the bus,” Netter said.
Hey Franklin, what do you say?
The Cubs are going to win today …
The song doesn’t reinvent the wheel — even the Chicago version is pretty stripped down and basic — but it has added another layer of excitement to what was already going to be a fun and fruitful season at Mercer Field.
And that, Netter said, is all he’s trying to do.
“This team is special to me,” he said. “I’ve had the chance to coach a lot of the boys, I’ve got two boys on the team, and we just want to give them the best experience.”
IF YOU GO
Class 4A Center Grove Sectional
Mooresville vs. Franklin, 5:30 p.m.
Center Grove vs. Greenwood, 8 p.m.
Wednesday’s winners, 10 a.m.
Whiteland vs. Martinsville, noon
Championship, 7 p.m.
Class 3A Edgewood Sectional
Brown County vs. Edgewood, 5:30 p.m.
Indian Creek vs. Sullivan, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s winners, 5:30 p.m.
West Vigo vs. Owen Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Championship, 11 a.m.
Class A Morristown Sectional
Greenwood Christian vs. Morristown, 5 p.m.
Southwestern vs. Indianapolis Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s winners, 10 a.m.
Waldron vs. Edinburgh, 12:30 p.m.
Championship, 10 a.m.