Your Friday Jam: Pitchers & Catchers Reporting for Duty!

Hokay, so dis is the erf.

It’s a pretty sweet erf.

Pitchers and catchers reported for spring training duty today (at least in Surprise, Arizona, spring training home of the 2015 World Series Champion Texas Rangers), so today’s Friday Jam will obviously have a baseball theme to it.  If you don’t like baseball, move back to Russia you stinkin’ commie.

I thought long and hard about what song to use today.  This being America, countless musicians, from Simon & Garfunkle to Kanye West, have recognized the place that baseball has in our hearts and used the national pastime as inspiration in their craft.  The undisputed greatest baseball song of all time (if you don’t count “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”) is John Fogerty’s “Centerfield”, but I used that in a Friday Jam last spring, so I had to do something different this time around.  Therefore, this weekend I’m going with a piece that is very dear to my heart.

All throughout my childhood, the theme from The Natural was played at Texas Rangers games whenever the Rangers launched a home run, and to this day I cannot help but feel happy when I hear it.  To me, it perfectly encapsulates the epic drama of a sport where every at-bat is its own mini-game – the dramatic build up to the pitch, everyone holding their breath as the ball sails towards the outfield, and the sparks showering the field as Roy Hobbs rounds the bases.

So this Friday, as MLP players and shaking off the winter rust in warm climates of Arizona and Florida, enjoy the theme from The Natural and pray that the games start soon.


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