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After a raucous ovation, featuring the crowd chanting "Ernie, Ernie," Banks, 82, led the crowd in singing a verse from "All The Way," which was written by Vedder about the Cubs. In fact, the song came about after Banks, as a birthday present, asked Vedder, a Cubs fan his whole life, if he could write a song about the Cubs. "All The Way" was released in 2008.
"When Ernie Banks asks you to do something on his birthday, you don't say 'no,' " Vedder said onstage.