I’m not sure if I like this song, in all honesty. The tune is a bit catchy, but there is literally no imagination when it comes to the “lyrics.” Nevertheless, Big Papi is getting inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in just a matter of days, so I decided it was worth sharing anyways.
On August 10, 1901, Frank Isbell of the Chicago White Sox set what was then an American League record by stranding 11 base runners as a result of his at-bats. The Indians beat Chicago, 11-7, at Cleveland’s League Park.
The current American League record for base runners stranded stands at 12, held in a tie by Trot Nixon (2003) and David Ortiz (2009). The NL record is 14, held by Ryan Zimmerman (2016).
Why? Why should the bond between a people and their baseball team be so intense? Fenway Park is a part of it, offering a physical continuum to the bond, not only because Papi can stand in the same batter’s box as Teddy Ballgame, but also because a son might sit in the same wooden-slat seat as his father.