Well it’s once again here. The glorious holiday known around the world as OPENING DAY BASEBALL!! Now you’re asking, why are we talking about baseball on a Country Music blog. Well it just so happens that baseball and Country Music go hand in hand and about half the songs on this list are Country songs.
I don’t know about you but I for one am a huge baseball and Country Music fan. I enjoy Opening Day Baseball just as much as Opening Day of CMA Music Fest, CMA Awards Week, the ACM Awards, Grammys and any George Strait concert. You’re always seeing Country stars singing the National Anthem at games, hanging out in the crowd and a few years ago Garth Brooks even tried out for the San Diego Padres.
Now, on to the Top 10 Greatest Baseball Songs of All-Time
(plus a few extras just for fun):
CHEAP SEATS – Alabama. The all-time best baseball song ever. It hits all the highlights. Bad seats watching a minor league game, cold beer, hot dogs, good friends and the greatest game ever played!
CENTERFIELD – John Fogerty. This song is about every kid’s dream of growing up to become a pro baseball player like one of their heros. The hook says it all, “Put Me In Coach, I’m Ready To Play!”
THE GREATEST – Kenny Rogers. Wait for it, wait for it. The best part of this song is the little boys spin on just how great a ball player (pitcher to be precise) he is. It’s classic. Pure, innocent, childhood joy that is the game of baseball!
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME – everyone and their crazy aunt Kathy has recorded this one including the Goo Goo Dolls as part of an MLB marketing campaign a few years back, Frank Sinatra, and Gene Kelly. One of my favorite versions is by the Budweiser Lizards with special guest appearance by the Ferret.
I’M TALKING BASEBALL – Terry Cashman. Cashman recorded a ton of different versions of this song which is what makes it so great. There’s probably a version for your favorite team too.
SWING – Trace Adkins. While this song isn’t technically about baseball, it is sung by a big ole boy from the Texas/Louisiana area that use to be a roughneck on the Gulf of Mexico oil rigs and it uses a ton of baseball cliches and sings of guys chasing pretty girls. Now if that’s now an all-American baseball song I don’t know what is.
HEY BATTER BATTER – Trent Tomlinson. Again this song isn’t technically about baseball but it’s a totally fun, upbeat song that uses some classic baseball phrases.
CELEBRATION – Kool & the Gang. This is another non-traditional baseball song. Before every home Texas Rangers game growing up they played this song as all the fans were walking into the stadium. Once you heard this song you were instantly in a good mood. You knew you were about to see a Major League Baseball game, eat hot dogs and jump every time a foul ball landed within 300 feet of your section. I still have never caugh a Major League foul ball (or homerun ball for that matter), maybe one day.
COTTON-EYED JOE – As with the song above, this song was played during my beloved Texas Rangers home games during the 7th inning stretch. Now, maybe it was a “Texas thing” but I loved it. You’d hear that fiddle start to wail after the 3rd out in the 6th inning and everyone would stand up and get down! Plus, it’s fun to dance to it at your local honky-tonk.
And last but definitely not least,
ESPN SUNDAY NIGHT BASEBALL theme song
FOX BASEBALL / WORLD SERIES theme song - both in a word — AWESOME. Tons of energy and just gets you in the mood for some baseball.
On a similar note, I can’t wait to hear Joe Buck and Tim McCarver call the World Series when we get to October. Hopefully my Texas Rangers can make a repeat trip to the Fall Classic.