Play Ball!


At the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown NY

Starting pro baseball season in the middle of this big economic losing streak might be a good idea, or it might be a bad one.  Good idea – the simplicity and fun of America’s pastime might get our minds off our money woes.  Bad idea – we can’t afford a friggin’ ticket!

But we really have no choice: baseball has its own time, like the seasons.  It arrives, whether we are ready for it or not.  We will soon be wondering about lineups, starting pitchers, Manny, the damned Red Sox and lots more.

They should add a line to every player’s baseball card saying whether or not he took steroids.  They should have Bruce Springsteen play after one game in every ballpark in America.  And they should bring back Lee Elia.  Time to play ball.

MP3: “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” by the Hold Steady

MP3: “Who’s On First?” by Abbott & Costello

MP3: “Catfish” by Kinky Friedman

MP3: “Yankee Stadium” by Nils Lofgren

MP3: “Narragansett Beer” by Curt Gowdy

MP3: “Past Time” by the Baseball Project

MP3: “Go, Cubs, Go!” by Steve Goodman

MP3: “Hank Aaron’s 715th Home Run” by Milo Hamilton

MP3: “Baseball, Baseball” by Jane Morgan

MP3: “Baseball Bat” by Courtney Love

MP3: “Real Men of Genius: Mr. Designated Hitter” Bud Light commercial

MP3: “Centerfield” (live) by John Fogerty w/Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Clarence Clemons

MP3: “Get The F***ing Job Done” by Lee Elia

YouTube: “A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request” by Steve Goodman (Thanks Ken Shane, for the suggestion!)

3 Responses to “Play Ball!”

  1. I am SO ready for baseball. Exhibitions start in the new Yankee Stadium tomorrow night.

    There’s a great song called “Cooperstown” on the new Felice Brothers album, and since you listed Steve Goodman, his “Dying Cub Fans Last Request” is very poignant.

  2. dkpresents Says:

    Here’s what Jim “Catfish” Hunter says about Bob Dylan on his MySpace page:

    I should probably mention that Bob Dylan fella because he wrote a song about me. Personally, I never really cared for his music. He doesn’t have much of a singing voice neither. And when I met him…well, he’s a real nervous, fidgety type of fella. I met plenty of his kind when I played for the Yankees, but I’m a North Carolina boy at heart. But if you care that much about it, you can read the lyrics and hear the song on his website, right about here…

  3. haven’t heard much great music for football, soccer, basketball. Baseball inspires.

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