So everyone does a little Top Ten list on best baseball movies or best baseball characters in movies. I’m going to do something a little different. I’m going to list what I feel are the Top 10 baseball-related songs or lyrics in music. This should be really fun seeing as I’m a musician and that has been the only love to equal sports in my life.
So here are my top ten:
10: “Tessie” – Dropkick Murphy’s: I hate the Red Sox and their little nation but this is a great song for a fanbase that was starving for a championship for 86 years. Now that they won in 2004 and 2007, I will have no problem not hearing this song again.
9: “Say Hey (The Willie Mays Song)” - The Treniers: Not only is this a classic song by one of the best acts ever, it’s about one of the greatest all around baseball players to ever play.
8: “Wild Thing” – Joan Jett: This song has nothing to do with baseball if you just listen to it but if you have seen one of my favorite movies of all time, “Major League,” you will get why. Hearing this song makes me think of Ricky Vaughn, the closer of the Indians in “Major League” nicknamed Wild Thing. The song blasts when he enters the game and the stadium goes wild. Mitch Williams, eat your heart out.
7: “Catfish” – Bob Dyaln: Dylan wrote this short classic about Jim “Catfish” Hunter, the great starting pitcher who famously played for the Oakland A’s and a couple other teams. It’s about a great player and it’s an amazing little folk song for sure.
6: “Rocky Mountain Way” – Joe Walsh: He has a line in there that goes,
“Bases are loaded and Casey’s at bat playin’ it play by play… time to change the batter.”
Whenever one mentions Casey At the Bat, you’re a winner in my book.
5: “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” – Jack Norworth: It may be the baseball national anthem but it is trumped by popular rock tunes that wind down the final four. The Cubs make it their 7th Inning ritual but they normally have celebrities that destroy the song.
4: “Glory Days” – Bruce Springsteen: “Glory Days” is just a summer song that mentions playing baseball in it. It’s a song often heard at games and is a song often rocked out during barbeques. The Boss + baseball = great song any day.
3: “Zanzibar” – Billy Joel: This song gets a high nod because it’s an incredible song all-around and it’s by Billy Joel, an avid New York baseball fan. The lyrics getting love in here are:
Rose, he knows he’s such a credit to the game,
But the Yankees grab the headlines every time…
Me, I’m trying just to get to second base
And I’d steal it if she only gave the sign
She’s gonna give the go ahead
The inning isn’t over yet for me, for me
Pete Rose is a former Phillie and Joel has updated the song saying “Rose he knows he’ll never make the Hall of Fame…” during live shows.
2: “Theme From ‘The Natural'” – Randy Newman: This is just an incredible song from one of the greatest baseball movies ever. I’m sure this song has played in your heads after a Ryan Howard home run at least once.
1: “Centerfield” – John Fogerty: The entire song. This song is baseball. If you wanted to get pumped up for summer, the crack of the bat, and the pop of the glove, you put in this classic. Whenever I hear this song, I think of the smell of popcorn, the hot summer days at the Sandcastle in Atlantic City for Surf games, and just the awesome atmosphere overall. Fogerty’s voice is American and so is this beautiful game. Oh and it’s also my ringtone.