This was awesome. Its from a few weeks ago, but we really need this now.
This was awesome. Its from a few weeks ago, but we really need this now.
“The Home Run Polka” was composed by Mrs. Bodell of Washington, DC., in 1867, and was “Respectfully dedicated to the National Base Ball Club of Washington, D.C.” You can find the sheet music at the Library of Congress, and check out the video below which includes the song.
I couldn’t find any information on Mrs. Bodell, but I wonder if she was a baseball fan. But we know women’s baseball has been around for a long time, as so have women baseball fans.
According to DCist, the National Baseball Club of Washington, DC (also know as the Nationals), was made up of players who “were mostly government clerks from the Treasury, the IRS, and auditors’ offices. Their first games were played somewhere on Capitol Hill, but in 1865, they moved to a field in front of the White House (where the Ellipse is today). They competed in a tournament there, which attracted some pretty high profile fans.” One of those fans was President Andrew Johnson.
But I like to think another one of their fans was Mrs. Bodell.
Happy Women’s History Month!
The Washington Nationals and their fans are used to Gerardo Parra’s walk-up music by now, but apparently the Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman is not. During Monday’s game, Freeman’s response was priceless:
I’m sure he also appreciates the fact that the tune is probably now stuck in his head, too. You’re welcome, Freddie.
On Sunday we went to see Las Piñatas de Erie (also know as the Erie SeaWolves) at Los Cangrejos Fantasmas de Chesapeake (also known as the Bowie Baysox) in Bowie’s first Copa de la Diversión game of the season. During the 7th Inning Stretch, we sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in Spanish. It was awesome!
So that you can sing along when you attend a Copa game, I’ve posted the lyrics below and a version to sing along with!
Llévame al juego de beisbol
Llévame a la multitud
Compremos manies y unos cracker jack
No me importa si vuelvo jamás
Apoyemos a nuestro equipo
Y si no ganan también
Porque es un, dos, tres y ponchado en el juego de beisbol
And to be truly bilingual:
So how does Dexter Fowler choose his walk up music? The Players’ Tribune asked him:
According to KMOX radio, Fowler chose music by N.E.R.D., Drake, and Kendrick Lamar.
Seems like there are no MLB games scheduled for tonight. It’s been two days since the All-Star game, and the Triple A and Eastern League all-star games were yesterday. So what are we supposed to do tonight?
There are probably chores to do, books to read, or other things that we could be doing. But if you need a baseball fix, why not listen to The Baseball Project? (One of the most awesomest bands ever!) Since the All-Star Game was in Miami, and since Pitbull sang before the home run derby, I figured the Baseball Project’s song about Cuban baseball defectors was appropriate.
What do the symphony and baseball have to do with one another? Apparently, a lot. Glenn Donnellan is a violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. He is also the inventor of the “Electric Slugger,” which is kind of a violin made from a baseball bat. Last night he played the National Anthem on it at Nationals Park.
Here’s a clip of him performing the Anthem at Camden Yards in 2011:
Here he is at Nats Park a few years ago discussing his unique musical instrument:
This is so amazingly cool. Just another example of how baseball, music, and art influence one another…
Spring Training is almost here! In anticipation, I’ve included a link to the song, “Spring Training in New Orleans,” by The Baseball Project:
The cool thing about The Baseball Project is that they really know their baseball history! So, when did Spring Training take place in New Orleans? According to the Baseball Almanac, several MLB teams held Spring Training in towns across Louisiana between 1902 and 1939, including the St. Louis Browns, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the New York Yankees:
|1902-03||Cleveland||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|1903||St. Louis Browns||Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|1905||Philadelphia Athletics||Shreveport, Louisiana|
|1905-06||Chicago White Sox||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|1907||Chicago Cubs||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|1908||St. Louis Browns||Shreveport, Louisiana|
|1908-09||Philadelphia Athletics||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|1911-12||Chicago Cubs||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|1914-15||Cincinnati Reds||Alexandria, Louisiana|
|1916-17||Cincinnati Reds||Shreveport, Louisiana|
|1916-20||Cleveland||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|1918||St. Louis Browns||Shreveport, Louisiana|
|1920-21||Philadelphia Athletics||Lake Charles, Louisiana|
|1921||Brooklyn Dodgers||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|1922-24||Yankees||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|1925-27||Boston||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|1925-28||Chicago White Sox||Shreveport, Louisiana|
|1928-39||Cleveland||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|1938-39||New York Giants||Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|1938-39||Philadelphia Athletics||Lake Charles, Louisiana|
Of course, Louisiana isn’t the only state that hosted Spring Training prior to today’s Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. Cities from California to Massachusetts have hosted Spring Training, as well as Bermuda, Cuba, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. We’ll look at a few more over the next few weeks as we anxiously await the 2016 season.
This week we’ve covered MVP Bryce Harper, Cuban Baseball, rap music, and the baseball sociology of music. What better a way to round it all out with a song from the Baseball Project? The song, Hola America, is about Cuban players who defected to the U.S. (a favorite topic of mine). According to the band’s website:
“The emotional documentary about Luis Tiant,’The Lost Son of Havana’, was the catalyst for writing this song. Luis had a great career and became one of the most recognizable and beloved players of his era, but he had to escape from Cuba to make it happen. He left his family and friends behind much like Orlando Hernandez (the story behind the first 2 verses) and others who braved the dangerous journey to the U.S. with no promise of returning. Fame and fortune to be sure, but at a heavy price.”
I recently stumbled across the Cuban pop group, Buena Fe. The duo’s members, Israel Rojas and Yoel Martinez, have covered a variety of social and political issues in their music. Even baseball.
Both music and baseball are integral to Cuban society, so a merger of the two is only natural. Both represent Cuban nationalism. In the early 2000’s, Buena Fe wrote a song for the documentary, Fuera De Liga, which is about the Cuban team, Industriales. The documentary, produced by Cuban documentarian Ian Padron, was banned by the government of Cuba. At least at first. Government censors objected to the documentary’s portrayal of the conditions faced by Cuban players as well as interviews with players who defected to the United States, include Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez. Eventually, however, they relented and the film was released in 2008.
The song title, Soñar en Azul, means “dreaming in blue” and refers to the Industriales’ team color. But the song is likely about more than just baseball. Translated, the lyrics include:
Rise up against the onslaught of a cruel offensive or stay trapped in a game of strikeouts. Could it be that baseball resembles life? Is it possible that without it, we could not dream?
You can judge for yourself with the music video, posted below.