On Monday, I went for a run. Just like every other run, I listened to music. This time, I kept thinking, “why is this song on my iPhone??!?!” Prepare yourself for a journey in-between my ears for the story of which songs are a result of my baseball broadcasting career.
“Tighten Up” by Archie Bell & The Drells. In between innings of a game in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and sometime between the 1999 and 2001, this song played on the stadium sound system. It caught my attention, and I walked over to Dino running the sound system, and he told me told about the song. I love it.
“Like That” by Memphis Bleek. This was the music bed for the open of my first White Sox broadcast in 2005 (good call Billy Z), and I used it as the first music bed of my first Rangers broadcast in 2010. Of course, we only used the instrumental part.
The entire Guero CD by Beck. I was once a superstitious broadcaster. I bought this CD at the beginning of the 2005 White Sox season. I played it every day in my Disco Inferno Red Dodge Neon provided by Denny Guest South Oak Dodge. I was going to stop listening it, to and from the ballpark, when the Sox dropped out of first place. They never did. (chills)
“Wanna Be a Baller” by Lil’ Troy. Why is this song on my iPhone? One night when I was working as a reporter for ESPN 1000 in Chicago, I was covering a Chicago Cubs game—sometime between 2006-2009. I was in the Cubs clubhouse after the game, and we—the media—were waiting for first baseman Derrek Lee and his seven-second sound bites. The clubhouse sound system was cranking out Wanna Be a Baller. I used Shazam so that I would not forget to download it later.
“Son de la Negra” by Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan. I love when this song plays during a run. This was the walk-up music for Jorge Cantu when he played for the Texas Rangers in 2010. Aside from his huge day at the plate in the Rangers division clincher in Oakland, this song is his greatest contribution while wearing the Texas T.
Rhett Miller of The Old 97s
The Old 97s and Robert Earl Keen. After a Rangers home game in 2010 or 2011, Robert Earl Keen played a concert outside the Ballpark. As a result, “The Road Goes on Forever” plays loudly and proudly on my iPhone. Near the beginning of the 2011 World Series in St. Louis, Eric Nadel along several others of us went to see Rhett Miller (front man for The Old 97s) perform at a bar. I just saw Rhett again recently in Dallas. Eric was there, too.
There are plenty of other occasions, too, when I ask myself, “why is this song on my iPhone?” It’s all part of the cool factor of a baseball broadcasting career.
Please share why certain songs are on your iPhone–if you heard the song(s) at a ballpark. I want to expand my playlist with your suggestions, and then blog about it!