Sep 5, 2013, 2:27 PM EST
Let’s talk about music and other pumped-in sounds at the ballpark.
I don’t have anything against walkup music or some well thought out musical interludes here or there, be they organ or pumped in rock or whatever. But the level of sound saturation we have these days — not to mention its scattershot nature — is really frustrating. Wall-to-wall music is bad enough, but it often makes no sense even if you accept its presence. The “charge” organ when nothing particularly interesting is happening. The “everybody clap your hands!” thing. “Day-O!” Those opening claps to “Car Wash” or whatever it is is simply pointless. It doesn’t comment on or enhance or often even match what’s going on on the field. It’s the equivalent of some dumb conversation people have when they can’t bear even a momentary silence.
Larry Granillo of Baseball Nation has noticed this too and he did something I’ve thought to do in the past but never had the drive to actually accomplish: he made a note of every single musical cue that blared out of the loudspeakers at a major league game.
His game was Monday’s Pirates-Brewers game and the results are pretty startling:
Of the 271 pitches thrown on Monday, 119 had some sort of musical cue afterwards. If we count the walk-up music for each of the Brewers’ plate appearances, that brings the total to 152, or 56 percent of the game’s pitches punctuated by music in some way. This does not include the extended musical selections heard during nearly every inning break.
He catalogs each and every song in a separate appendix, showing what was played batter-by-batter. Reading that appendix is telling of that stuff I talk about above. The lack of a plan with music. It’s just belched out there for no reason so often.
While I think baseball would be fine without musical accompaniment, music can be just as good and entertaining a part of a viewing experience as the event itself. Think movie soundtracks and scores and the like. Why baseball, if it insists on pumping in so much music, seems content to treat it as some moronic afterthought is beyond me.
Dec 20, 2013, 6:00 PM EST
Former Major Leaguer Gabe Kapler penned a thoughtful piece about the home plate collision issue over at FOX Sports. It’s nice to hear the viewpoint of someone who not only played the game but lived the actual experience of a brutal home plate collision. Kapler wants those collisions to stay in baseball, even though they…
Dec 20, 2013, 5:20 PM EST
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Dec 20, 2013, 4:31 PM EST
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Dec 20, 2013, 4:09 PM EST
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Dec 20, 2013, 3:20 PM EST
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Dec 20, 2013, 2:30 PM EST
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Dec 20, 2013, 2:14 PM EST
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Dec 20, 2013, 1:00 PM EST
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Dec 20, 2013, 12:52 PM EST
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Dec 20, 2013, 12:30 PM EST
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Dec 20, 2013, 11:33 AM EST
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Dec 20, 2013, 11:03 AM EST
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Dec 20, 2013, 10:46 AM EST
Minnesota wasted little time finding a new veteran catcher, adding free agent Kurt Suzuki one day after trading Ryan Doumit to Atlanta. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Suzuki and the Twins have agreed to a one-year deal and the 30-year-old will compete with rookie Josmil Pinto for playing time behind the…
Dec 20, 2013, 10:25 AM EST
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Dec 20, 2013, 9:44 AM EST
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Dec 20, 2013, 8:56 AM EST
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Dec 20, 2013, 7:08 AM EST
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Dec 19, 2013, 11:00 PM EST
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Dec 19, 2013, 9:30 PM EST
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Dec 19, 2013, 8:06 PM EST
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