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.
Just in time to get me worked up for a trip to Kansas City tonight to watch the Royals in Game 2 against the Dodgers, I have finally tracked down the KC version of “Talkin’ Baseball.” Here’s to a good Royals season, another World Series in the near future, and, more immediately, here’s to hoping that Clayton Kershaw balances last week’s no-hitter with a bad performance tonight!
Click here for the collection of “Talkin’ Baseball” videos.
The sound quality and image selection on this won’t impress you, but I am still happy to present the Anaheim Angels version of Cashman’s “Talkin’ Baseball.”
It’s funny how, in one’s mind, a player can get associated with a particular team so solidly. For example, I have always associated Nolan Ryan with the Texas Rangers (probably because that’s where he was playing by the time I was old enough to register the name and what it meant). So hearing his name pop up in this song made my head turn, until I reminded myself that he, like most MLB players, did not play for a single team throughout his career.
Click here for the rest of the “Talkin’ Baseball” collection.
Just because they no longer exist in Major League Baseball, it doesn’t mean the Montreal Expos didn’t get a song of their own. Maybe one day, Canada will pick up a second team once again. In the meantime, we can reminisce with this version of Terry Cashman’s “Talkin’ Baseball.”
Click here for the collection thus far!