Joe Buck and Eddie Vedder talk Pearl Jam’s epic Wrigley Field concert documentary, ‘Let’s Play Two,’ Friday on FS1

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- Now, you know that when I first came here on my bike that day, I could see all this activity and jerseys on the wall and old jackets, and I was 18, 19. I was like, sure looks fun in there.


- We're going to go in these bleachers right across the way, which is a fine place to get a dog.

- It's kind of fitting, I think, that you and I are sitting in this room, because there were many a night after Cub games when I got off work, and then we came in here, and we had some fun nights. That last October was one of the most fun months of my life. I can't imagine what that month was like for you.

- It was just incredible. Incredible to feel the vibe of the city, the vibe of the team. You put something out like this, and you're lucky to catch the story, because it's like 100-plus years in the making. You don't come across that intense drama that often. It was unforgettable, and then that's why this thing's kind of cool, because it does-- it's a place to put those memories.

- We had to stop here. Look at [INAUDIBLE]. This is some serious sod right here. I'm bringing some home. I'm going to plant it [INAUDIBLE]. We're going to have-- we're going to have Wrigley Field sod.

- You know, you've gone from the kid fan to the adult successful person who gets on the inside and wants more. You could have gotten in there and been like, I don't want to hang out with these guys. But they're really, they're really interesting people inside that building back there.

- Look, I feel like the freaking Charlie Bucket, Willy Wonka-- luckiest guy in the world for knowing these guys, you know? I've known Dio for 15 years. It's just such a good energy that they've really cultivated, and there were many, many times when that never existed. You know, I think there's a reason why it's not happenstance and it wasn't just magic.

And maybe because of the adversity--

- And the years--

- That they'd have to--

- Yearning--

- That they all suffered, from the '69 Cubs to the '84 to Ryan Dempster's Cubs.

- So when--

- Gary Woods' Cubs.

- When Rizzo squeezed that ball at first base in Cleveland last year, basically, that was a win for Jody Davis and Billy Willie.

- Gary Woods, Mark Prior, and Randy Hundley, and absolutely.

- The Cubs win the World Series! Bryant makes the play!

- So you have everything kind of culminating with an August shows at Wrigley Field, you're a lifelong Cub fan, they end up winning in October-- first time since 1908-- and you have this behind-the-scenes access. How beautiful is that?

- It's a pretty good home movie. I think there's a scene at the end where I think Dempster looks at me right on the field after--

- Yeah.

- And I think I'm getting chills now, but he, he's like-- it happened!

- That's right.

It happened! You know, and that's what the great thing about sport really is. It's really the drama, and this became kind of the ultimate drama because of the history of it.

- That's a fly ball, deep to left. Back! Back! That's it! That's it! Hey, hey! He did it! Ernie Banks got number 500!

- Ernie Banks, he asked me to write a song for the Cubs and for Wrigley Field and all this kind of stuff. And I was-- he was asking me, and I'm looking into the eyes of Ernie Banks, and it's like looking into the eyes of Wrigley Field.

- [SINGING] Yeah, Ernie Banks said, "Oh, let's play two!" Or did he mean two hundred years? In the same ballpark, our diamond, our jewel, the home of our joy and our tears. Keeping traditions and wishes made new--

- At the beginning of that rain delay, he was going to come up and stand with me while we did "All the Way." And he was pretty fragile at the time. I said, Ernie, I said, it might be a while. I just talked to them. It might be a while. And he said, OK, OK. He said, is that some red wine over there?


- I said, sure is. Well, I'd-- I'd take a glass of that. And then it turned out to be a couple hours sitting with Ernie Banks, and him talking to my daughters and talking about the old mitt I had. I had brought my first mitt, you know-- "now, this is a good glove. There is love in this glove," you know. And then, the whole--

- Is it different for you now? Does the song have the same meaning?

- Oh, I haven't played it since. No need!

[SINGING] Someday we'll go all the way. Yeah, someday we'll go all the way.

- You don't have to be a die hard Pearl Jam fan to enjoy this documentary, and you don't have to be a die hard baseball fan to enjoy this documentary. It combines the best of both worlds.


- What's it like to play at Wrigley Field?

- There's an energy. There's an energy, all around this.

- It's like humming.

- And then if you're in the middle of that, that's what really made baseball seem magic to me, you know, is this place and this neighborhood and this community. And years later, to kind of be invited to experience it, personal and inside level, is just a huge gift.

- Unless you call us off. The only thing, you know, "Evolution," "Last Exit," "Lightning Bolt," we kind of keep those tight.

- Hey, am I counting you off on "L Exit."

- Please. If you would.

- Sometimes it feels weird, because I can tell that it's not where your [INAUDIBLE].

- You wrote the damn thing.

- I'm just going to look at you and go, "Oh!"

- His eyes [INAUDIBLE] huge.

- What I loved is watching you guys interact, and seeing the way you can laugh, and how relaxed you are, and how close you are. I mean, there's a brotherhood there that's built over the years, and that's the same that it takes for a team to be successful. There are a lot of parallels there.

- I think you're right. There is a lot of teamwork [LAUGHS] documented in this film, and it's individuals coming together for a greater purpose.

- There was some sort of impromptu secret Pearl Jam show yesterday on top of a roof at a local bar at Wrigley Field.


- Is it cheesy to ask you to compare, since I'm a Pearl Jam fan, Matt and Mike and Jeff and Stone and Eddie to members of the 2016 Cubs?

- I would say, just from doing set lists alone, I've got a lot of Joe Maddon--

- Sure.

- --traits. And then once game starts, then I got to be-- I'm a player coach. Right?

- Right.

- I would say that the battery in baseball would be the pitcher and the catcher. The battery in a band is the bass player and the drummer. Mike McCready is the center fielder, and then I would say Stone, you could put him anywhere in the infield.

- Like a utility, he's the Ben Zobrist.

- Yeah, but he makes amazing plays, and then I'll put me in the outfield, because that's where--

- That's where you want be.

- A [INAUDIBLE] now, is to--

- Right, you with your little number one jersey.

- I go for the diving catch.


- The first time you walk onto Wrigley Field, it's like stepping into Oz.

- You need to look into that camera, Eddie, and say "this will be the best documentary you've ever seen in your life."