DAILY SOUNDTRACK

BASEBALL

I spent a pleasant afternoon yesterday at a baseball game.

But things have changed over the past 10 years at Dodger Stadium and I, sadly, no longer feel it is the little slice of ‘blue heaven on earth’ that it used to be.

POSITIVES:

  • The weather was perfect.
  • For the first time in probably 5 months I felt completely relaxed. I am ALWAYS agitated inside. For me, feeling relaxed is like winning on a scratcher.
  • I love baseball and all that it represents to me, in life and in society.

NEGATIVES:

  • It is now really loud between innings. I save up all of my talk about play, the players, and the game for between batters. It seems that the owners believe the equation : 1 single moment of quiet = infinite people getting bored.
  • The outfield walls are now littered (literally) with ads. It’s incredibly ugly. They are distracting. They are trashy. It’s like a Nascar car.
  • We ordered our Dodger Dogs, beers and drinks to carry down to our seats before the game. The food was cold. The beers cost $16 apiece and the Coke Zero Sugar was $9. Needless to say I only made one concession stand trip and did not buy a new Dodger cap, which I really wanted.

But you know what? Times change. Society alters. I grow older. And my day was still lovely.

The Dodgers cannot win the Series this year with the current bullpen

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – GLORY DAYS

Today’s songs have baseball related content… with nitpicking. I love that Bruce wrote a song with baseball metaphors attached. In my life I have never heard of a pitcher who threw a “speed ball.” Is that an east coast thing? It’s definitely not a west coast thing. I’ve never heard it used in one of the 10 or 20 thousand games I’ve watched, attended or imagined in my creepy little brain.

No. No ‘speedball’. Fastball.

JOHN FOGERTY – CENTERFIELD

“Look at me, I can be, centerfield.” Well yeah, I guess. I also imagine that the players are the size of fleas and the centerfielder is stationed somewhere deep in your chest hairs and your bellybutton is a divot right behind home plate. It makes for a nice couplet. It doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever heard a player say.

SAM & DAVE – KNOCK IT OUT OF THE PARK

I dig Sam & Dave. The line, “putting in a double play” is one of the clumsiest lines in any song written with a baseball theme. I do like the line about his ‘old lady’ bringing in his best friend as a ‘pinch hitter.’ They nasty.

LETS GO DODGERS!

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