Fueled by the popularity of the vuvuzela in the FIFA World Cup, Cubs super fan Ronnie “Woo-Woo” Wickers has acquired one of the cheap plastic meter-long horns to play during Cubs games when his favorite team returns home from the All-Star break Thursday night to play the Phillies.

Woo-Woo, whose trademark “Cubs! Woo! Cubs! Woo!”-chant has annoyed fans for years, has somehow made his chant more annoying with the use of the traditional South African noisemaker, which produces an ear-splitting B note.

Fans have already overheard Ronnie Woo-Woo as he utilizes his new vuvuzela, as his Cubs cheer has changed to “Cubs bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! Cubs! bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!” followed by a heavy gasp, and finally, “WOO.”

Cubs season ticket holder Larry Johnson described hearing the new cheer.

“I didn’t think that the whole ‘Woo Cubs Woo’ could be made more annoying, but then again, I didn’t know what a vuvuzela was until I accidentally turned on ESPN during a World Cup game, and I thought my speakers were broken,” said Johnson. “But now that empty bee hive sound follows me even to Cubs games. Soccer sucks.”

While some international venues have banned fans with vuvuzelas, the Cubs have indicated they have no such plans.

“We’re not selling a ton of tickets this year,” said Cubs president Crane Kenney. “Woo-Woo and any other fans are welcome, goofy horns or not. That’s how desperate we are.”

From the July 2010 issue by Jeff GoodSmith. Click here to subscribe today!