Baseball brings out the best
© Culpeper TimesThe sound of organ music echoing through the cheap seats, sunburn, hot dogs, roasted peanuts and the crack of a wooden bat are all key components to baseball’s museum of the mind and senses.
Let’s build an ideal day at the ballpark with music and food.
We can also add a few essential films if the game happens to be rained out.
Let’s start with music.
An informal poll was conducted and the question was asked, “What music do you associate with your favorite sport?”
For baseball most said organ music, motivational jock-jams, jaunty old-timey piano tunes or nostalgia songs.
Top 5 songs associated with baseball:
“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” (Jack Norworth)
This is the most popular song known and loved by most baseball fans. This is the undisputed all-American number one song especially when you add the late Harry Caray’s gravelly voice at Wrigley Park in Chicago.
“Centerfield” (John Fogerty)
This 1985 hit was actually honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010—and who hasn’t said or thought the classic lines, “put me in coach.”
“Talkin’ Baseball” (Terry Cashman)
This folksy, slightly cheesy song is sweet yet nutty like a box of Cracker Jacks. This song came out in 1981 during a true low point for baseball’s popularity during a strike. It harkened to days when heroes were not holding out for more money.
“The Greatest” (Kenny Rogers)
This 1998 hit from Rogers captures a kid’s imagination very well. Who hasn’t thought the same thing as a young player in any sport?
“Glory Days” (Bruce Springsteen)
Any child of the 1980s will claim that this song captures an athlete’s nostalgia well.
Honorable mentions include: “Wild Thing” (X’s version), “Cheap Seats” (Alabama), “Right Field” ( Peter, Paul and Mary), “Say Hey” (The Treniers), “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit that Ball?” ( Woodrow Buddy Johnson), “Tessie” (Dropkick Murphy’s version of a 1904 song) and “Joltin Joe DiMaggio” (Les Brown Orchestra).
Now on to food, the main reason you’ll stay ―even when your team is losing.
According to the History Channel’s sports research department, the late great Babe Ruth once devoured a dozen hot dogs and eight bottles of soda between games of a doubleheader. (Burp!)
Americans annually nosh 7 billion hot dogs during peak season (between Memorial Day and Labor Day).