Santana performs national anthem

I love this rendition of the national anthem, performed by Carlos Santana and his son Salvador prior to Game 4 of the 2014 World Series.

“I Love Baseball,” by Cliff Brock

I came across this tune on YouTube, which appears to be an original by this gentleman (if anyone knows otherwise, please feel free to let me know).  I especially love the way he opens the song, particularly the phrase “as seen through the eyes of a young boy.”  Because, ultimately, doesn’t baseball bring us all back to our childhoods?

“D-O-D-G-E-R-S (Oh, Really? No, O’Malley),” by Danny Kaye

This song had me laughing, but it is impressive all the same.  The lyrics of this song are essentially a play-by-play based loosely on the 1962 pennant race.  The Dodgers didn’t win the pennant that year, but they did get this high-energy song full of entertaining theatrics as a consolation prize.

“Knock it Out the Park,” by Sam & Dave

I like the upbeat tempo and rhythm of this song.  The lyrics make it seem like more of an angsty, crushing-after-a-girl theme meets bad baseball metaphor tune, but if you ignore that, it’s a catchy way to wake up this morning.

“The Babe,” by The Baseball Project

Another great song from The Baseball Project.  This tune certainly does emphasize the larger-than-life quality that Babe Ruth’s legendary status took on.  And maybe it’s just because I’m still in the process of discovering these guys, but this one seems fairly mellow and soothing compared to what they usually put out.  I enjoy it.

“Baseball Nation,” by Tony Lewis

This tune talks about doing something I’ve always thought would be fun to take on: a road trip that hits every ballpark in the country.  It would be long, exhausting, and expensive, but no doubt it would be very worth it.

“Night Game,” by Paul Simon

This has to be the most depressing baseball song I’ve ever heard, and I find it simultaneously fascinating.  The idea of a pitcher dying on the mound is shocking and frightening, and he sings about it so calmly.  Surely this must be a metaphor for something, though I cannot figure out what.