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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Five Great Walk-Up Songs That Baseball Needs Now

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2. "The Stars of Track and Field" by Belle and Sebastian

Stuart Murdoch was a sick man for a very long time. Suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome to the point he was unable to engage in much of anything, he found delight in the simplest, most mundane aspects of life. All the things ordinary people take for granted that were out of his reach. Yearning for just...a chance.

Before his illness he liked to run. That joy, and the loss of it, inspired him to write "The Stars of Track and Field." It's a song of longing, a song of looking in from the sidelines, wishing for even reflected glory to visit. The spotlight here isn't even all that bright, and yet it still glows like a beacon for those left out, those who want but do not have, the tiny details of being someone else, someone who might be just a little more special.

Really, isn't that perfect? Isn't that a little bit of what we all feel at a sporting event? We cheer for our tribes, relishing the camaraderie of invented rivalry against the pure evil which exists in a community three towns over, all the while yearning for that reflected glory of victory to embrace us, to lift us up, to make us feel a part of something we cannot have, that we have not the talent to ever grab. A wholesome, wistful sadness, watching the tiniest, privileged fraction of humanity do what the rest of us can only dream of doing. It's all right here, on display, in this song. It says so much about why we love the games we do and the players who get to be there, in that spotlight.

Or, maybe that was all bullshit, and it would just be really, really funny to watch the crowd's reaction as a hitter slowly saunters from the on-deck circle to the batter's box with a Belle and Sebastian song playing. Either way, really.

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