As you likely are already aware, swamp rock legend John Fogerty was on hand for the induction ceremonies at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York yesterday and got the event started with his oft-overplayed ode to baseball, “Centerfield,” a song which is played in every ballpark across this country and has sold more than two million copies.
Fogerty has loaned the guitar, which had to be recently restored after it was damaged in the Nashville floods, to the Hall and it will be prominently displayed in an exhibit case along with other memorabilia associated with the song.
From The Tennessean:
“I’m truly honored,” Fogerty said after playing the song on his guitar “Slugger,” which is shaped like a baseball bat and went on display later in the day inside the Hall of Fame. “I wrote that as an 8-year-old boy. That 8-year-old boy right now is saying, ‘It ain’t getting any better than this.’ “
In tribute to his love of baseball and in response to the popularity of “Centerfield” – Fogerty’s 1985 comeback album that featured the nostalgic title track of the same name – Fogerty commissioned guitar craftsman Philip Kubicki to create a custom guitar he called “Slugger.”
Since then, Fogerty has regularly used the special guitar when playing “Centerfield” – and did so Sunday.
Congratulations to John Fogerty for the notoriety and recognition – the man is a true living legend, even if that damn song is kind of annoying. I would have requested he sing some classics from the Creedence catalog instead, such as “Green River” or “Lookin’ Out My Back Door”, but I suppose doing that wouldn’t have made much sense given the location and the event which was being held, but those songs are far superior examples of Fogerty’s songwriting prowess, much like this post is not an example of my blogwriting prowess. But at the same time, none of the drivel I put up on this here site indicates any sort of prowess, either. Sigh.
John Fogerty sends Nashville guitar to Baseball Hall of Fame [The Tennessean]
(previously at the Sportress: ‘Oh, Put Me In Coach, I’m Ready To Play (*Clap Clap Clap-Clap*) Today’)