updated 06/26/2008 AT 12:45 PM ET
•originally published 06/26/2008 AT 3:35 PM ET
Papa Joe Simpson can be proud. His son-in-law, Pete Wentz, “nailed” a recent performance of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” – a song once mangled by his other daughter’s beau.
Ashlee Simpson’s new hubby performed a stunning rendition of the baseball tune at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on Sunday. Last month, Jessica Simpson’s boyfriend, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, made headlines when he sang an off-key version of the same song also at Wrigley Field.
“We’ve had both [Simpson] significant others,” says Chicago Cubs manager of entertainment and player relations, Joe Rios. “It’s like comparing apples to oranges. But they were both great in their own ways.”
In terms of Wentz’s performance of the iconic song, which is traditionally performed by various celebs during the seventh-inning stretch, “He nailed it,” says Rios. “I would put him up there on the upper echelon. Definitely top one to two percent.”
Adds Rios, “Every now and then you get these awesome singers to do it. We’ve [also] had some non-polished professionals go out there and have fun.”
Romo’s off-key version of the song would certainly fall into the non-polished category – but that’s half the fun of it, according to Rios.
“Tony gave us a lot of fun with the pickup in the news about how awful he did,” laughs Rios. “It’s almost no fun when you nail it. There’s more to talk about when you screw up. If you do bad, it’s actually good.”
The important thing was that Romo and Wentz – who are both Cubs fans – had a “great time and had fun with it” says Rios. “Now we just need to get the sisters out next.”