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Fri, 22 Oct 2004

October Baseball: Music for the Ballpark
October Baseball I've never been much of a sports fan, unless you count the magical year of 1969, when the New York Mets, formerly the worst team in baseball (the year before, the Houston Astros became the first team in history to finish the season behind the Mets), beat Boston in the World Series. I've worked with rabid fans before. And I work with one now, the kind who sends email announcing a recent Red Sox/Yankees matchup as the Most Important Game In The History Of the Sport! (Emphasis his, not mine.) Me, I could care less.

Which isn't to say I don't appreciate the allure of the game. I love Field of Dreams. And Major League and Bull Durham, all of which use baseball to say something interesting about something else. (What, I'm not always sure.) But the point I'm making here is that I'm not much of a fan of the game.

And yet... A collection like this one reminds me of how the Great American Pastime has woven its way into the culture. From The Ataris' cover of The Boys of Summer to Meatloaf's classic Paradise by the Dashboard Light, with its commentary by Phil Rizzuto; to Terry Cashman's Talkin' Baseball, which I only knew in its Simpsons incarnation. They remind me that there are worse ways to spend an afternoon than sitting in the stands, hot dog in one hand, a beer in the other and peanut shells at your feet.

Update 11/12: An email points out that it was Baltimore in the '69 World Series, not Boston. Thanks, Pete; that'll teach me to rely on ancient memories. But it's nice to know I'm not the only one reading this stuff.

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