Friday, May 2

Greatest Song Ever?

Today, apparently, is the 100th birthday of "Take me out to the Ballgame." It is a tradition unlike any other (The Masters is a golf tournament and is, therefore, clownshoes), and a wonderful song to belt out during the Seventh Inning Stretch.

Arguably the worst thing to come out of September 11th (moment of silence) is the damn replacement of this vaunted song with a shitty, jingoistic anthem that makes little sense while saying "Fuck You" to the rest of the world. Why we need MLB to tell us to love our country is beyond me. I sit down when the song is played. I am eager to teach my son to do the same.

So . . . Happy Birthday to a great song. May you be sung at ballgames for another 100 years.

4 comments [add yours!]:

Ezra said...

I found out about this on The Hardball Times. Great reading for anyone even remotely interested in Baseball.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what song they replaced it with, but there's nothing worse than hearing some annoying idiot bellowing out the last ("at the Old! Ball! Park!") line of that ridiculous nonsense.

The whole goddamn game should be set to John Phillip Souza marches with a tank, jet and infantry montage on the jumbotron. And instead of tedious statistics about some pampered crybaby player the announcers could start flinging out pertinent facts such as the demographic death spiral of those pansy European nations that you so desperatley wish to avoid offending by admitting "hey this place aint so fuckin' bad after all".

U*S*A*

U*S*A*

U*S*A*

U*S*A*

U*S*A*

spanky said...

He's talking about "God Bless America." The unnecessary and gratingly over-the-top jingoism is one thing, but what I especially hate is when they rape my attention span by singing BOTH songs. More like SEVEN INNING STRETCH amirite...

I would be open to Mr(s?) Anonymous's suggestion if, instead of John Phillip Souza, the entertainment were provided by John Baptiste Philouza.

Ezra said...

Infantry montage? Awesomeness of U*S*A? Suckitude of Europe? Thank you anyway. You can keep your nascar.

On the plus side, at least NASCAR allows great mullet watching.