I never thought of comparing baseball and ballet, but Terry Cashman makes the metaphor work with this song. The tune is even a bit sing-songy to make it seem more like a dance.
Continuing my journey through The Simpsons episodes, I am a good chunk of the way into season three. Last night, I watched the episode “Homer At the Bat” and was thrilled to recognize a reference to The Natural. Early on in the episode, Homer tells Bart about the time he carved a bat from the wood of a tree that was struck by lightning.
Just like Roy Hobbs, Homer hits like a dream with his special bat. However, with the exception of Mr. Burns trying to cheat his way to winning a bet, the allusion to The Natural largely ends there.
The episode later ends with Terry Cashman’s “Talkin’ Baseball” parody, which he wrote just for this episode, “Talkin’ Softball.”
Unfortunately, I haven’t had much luck finding what’s left of the “Talkin’ Baseball” series via YouTube videos. But for anyone who’s interested, you can find the songs on iTunes:
Finding the rest of Terry Cashman’s “Talkin’ Baseball” collection has proved more and more challenging, but in my search, I did come across this tribute to Johnny Bench. I admire players who make the decision to stick to a single team throughout their careers (granted, sometimes it’s not their choice to leave). I think this song speaks well to that.
It’s ironic: when it comes to football, I root for the Packers and I completely dig the green and gold uniforms. When it comes to the Athletics, however, that same color combination seems ridiculously unappealing to me. Perhaps it takes a fan to really appreciate the color scheme. My personal preferences aside, I have managed to find Cashman’s “Talkin’ Baseball” tribute to the A’s, and it does not disappoint! Enjoy, A’s fans…
I have this video queued up to start at Cashman’s tribute to the Braves, but it’s not the only song in the video. If you wish to see and hear more of the video’s content, feel free to start at the beginning of it. Enjoy!
All “Talkin’ Baseball” videos can be found here.
The combination of babies and baseball is a curious one, but this was the best I could find for the BoSox version of “Talkin’ Baseball.” For the first minute, the song competes with the sounds of life with babies, but then the volume goes up and it’s all music from there. Enjoy the song, and if you like babies, enjoy the images too…
Click here for the “Talkin’ Baseball” collection.