Pick Up the Ball and Throw it to Naturally
Yeah, yeah, I know, the baseball season officially began last night… but technically the White Sox didn’t beat the Indians until today (the game ended at 2:10am EDT). In my book, that makes today Opening Day, my favorite day of the year (next to National High Five Day, of course).
Actually, in the book of the 28 other Major League teams, and in the appointment book of President Bush, today is opening day. W is throwing out the first pitch here in Cincinnati, so downtown is more of a mess than it should be.
Which by the way, did you know that the visiting team is much more likely than the home team to win the World Series when the President throws out the first pitch of the season? Guess who the Reds are playing today? This could be your year, Cubs fans.
The Red Sox in 2004. The White Sox in 2005. The Cubs in 2006? That trifecta would certainly signify the beginning of the end of the world for me. We should all just join hands and start singing “Kumbaya.”
Better yet, since it is baseball season, whaddya say we sing a song that’s actually about baseball? And not a bad Harry Caray impersonation of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, let’s do something a bit more rocking, something more in line with Terry Cashman’s Willie, Mickey & the Duke (Talkin’ Baseball) or John Fogerty’s Centerfield.
I grew up Saint Louis, also known as Baseball Town USA, and lived in Chicago on and off for almost 13 years. The Cards are moving to a new ballpark a week from today so to celebrate the opening of the new Busch Stadium and commemorate the old one, I’m gonna put on my best Sinatra impersonation and sing a sad, sad song that says so much, There Used to be a Ballpark Right Here.
As a Cardinals fan, I am sworn to hate to the Cubs. But part of me wants them to win just so their fans will shut the hell up. So I’m going to get a little more indie and more optimistic for the small bears and sing The Mountain Goats’ Cubs in Five.
- Listen to Frank Sinatra’s There Used to be a Ballpark Right Here
- Listen to The Mountain Goats’ Cubs in Five (Live at the Empty Bottle, 3/08/02)
What are you favorite baseball songs?