“The Best Baseball Song Ever Written” has been discovered!

Who among us would dispute that there simply are not enough songs about baseball, this game we love and that rarely loves us back? We have made so many advances as a society. Muscle cars, cellular telephones, The Internet, peanut butter and jelly from the same jar! And yet, our baseball song technology remains mired in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ruled by Katie Casey and John Fogerty with their iron fists. And please, don’t speak to me of the upstart rebellion of The Baseball Project, that sad fantasy of refugees from the 1980s and 1990s that suckered me in by featuring a non-Stipe from R.E.M. and a couple people from The Dream Syndicate, which I had briefly confused with The Dream Academy. What the hell have they ever done for us?

Addressing this crucial shortage is The Leonard Lothlen Band, out of the San Francisco Bay Area, with “The Best Baseball Song Ever Written,” about how much the singer really, really loves baseball. It is presented below soundtracking adorable moppets flopping about the ballyard. Please to commence with dispensing your feedback and scouting acumen:




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Mike Bates used to have a stupid pseudonym. Now he doesn't because people want to pay him to write about baseball on the Internet and he's really a sell out that way. He is also a Designated Columnist at SBNation, co-founder of The Platoon Advantage, and is an American Carpetbagger on Getting Blanked, the finest in Canadian baseball-type sites. His favorite word is paradigm. Follow him on Twitter here: http://www.twitter.com/commnman


20 Responses to ““The Best Baseball Song Ever Written” has been discovered!”

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  1. Ummm says:

    Ummm, what’s with the grainy home video of young boys featured throughout?

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  2. Pedantic A**hole says:

    The boys are playing the game mentioned occasionally in the song.

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  3. The Return of Rambo Diaz says:

    Thanks for making me temporarily hate music, Mike Bates.

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  4. Sing Along!

    America, loves baseball
    it’s the greatest game that’s ever been played
    that’s right, I said it and I won’t take it back
    don’t care watch ya say because I’m giving you the facts

    now some of you, may think that I’m delirious
    and what i’m saying will make you kind of furious
    but baseball is the #1 sport
    I would rather play this game than dribble up and down the court

    I love baseball!
    I really really love this game
    I love baseball!
    But once you play it you will never feel the same.

    But at home when I’m watching by the TV
    My baseball is all I ever want to see
    so please leave me alone, hey get off that telephone
    so I can get into my baseball groove, now

    my friends think that I’ve gone a little crazy
    but they don’t seem to understand
    my wife thinks that I’ve gotten real lazy
    but I’m a certified baseball fan

    I love baseball!
    It’s a game I love to watch and play
    I love baseball!
    don’t care what you’re thinking don’t care what you say

    So let’s go to a baseball game
    Hey!
    and root for our favorite team
    Hey!

    Now lift your hands, now wave em in the air
    Hey!
    Now make some noise, now everybody scream!
    {scream !}

    Guitar Solo

    Now if you want to have a good time
    Hey!
    If you want to get a little crazy
    Hey!

    if you want to holler and scream or shout
    Strike One!
    Strike Two!
    Strike Three!
    You’re Out!
    Get out of here!

    {mad laugh}

    I love baseball (I love it when they say that)
    I love baseball!
    There’s no game like the game of baseball
    I love baseball!

    I really really love this game!
    I love Baseball!
    Come on choir let me hear you say!
    I love Baseball!
    I really love this game!
    I love baseball!

    I love it!
    I love it!
    I love it!
    Oh man I love it!

    I love baseball!
    I really love this game!
    I love baseball!
    I love it!
    Do you love it?
    I love it!
    Like I love it!

    I love baseball!
    I really love this game!
    I love baseball!
    I love it!
    I love it!
    I love it!
    I love it!
    I love baseball!
    I love it!
    I love it!

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  5. steex says:

    I thought Scott Stapp wrote the best baseball song about the Marlins…

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  6. Urban Shocker says:

    I don’t even think that makes the second wild card. Mr. Lothlen is playing above his head, like say the Cleveland Indians, compared to Springsteen’s rock solid Rays-esque ‘Glory Days’. Or hell, Fogerty’s Oakland underdog Centerfield.

    Besides, Joe Henry pretty much put this away in 2007 with ‘Our Song’, a beautiful, haunting, and haunted ode to Willie Mays and America.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cflReZ1nZDA‎

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  7. Bryan says:

    My two-year-old, baseball-obsessed son demands “baseball movies where they play and sing” far too often. This is on the first page in a youtube search for “baseball song”, so it comes up often. Ever the discerning viewer, my son refers to this one as “the crappy one”. He often requests it by that name and tells us midway through to go back and pick another one, since this one is “too crappy”.

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  8. Adrock says:

    If you like baseball songs, Dan Bern has a number of excellent ones. ‘This Side of the White Lines’ and “Ballpark” are standouts. Here’s an NYT article about him: http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/24/a-singer-collects-stories-from-the-stadium/?_r=0

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  9. joser says:

    None of you people have heard of the The Baseball Project?

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  10. TomG says:

    It’s like Mark Knopfler and Jim Carroll decided to create a baby and that baby stopped doing drugs long enough to concoct a song about something other than doing drugs.

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  11. canuckassassin says:

    Remember when Bob Dylan met the Beatles and they all got high? This is the song they wrote that night.

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  12. Jay29 says:

    “This is the backup line they want me to sing? ‘I love baseball’ over and over again?…

    “Ah, whatever, as long as the check clears.”

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