‘Oh, Put Me In Coach, I’m Ready To Play (*Clap Clap Clap-Clap*) Today’
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the song’s release, rock legend John Fogerty will perform his ode to baseball, the ’80s classic “Centerfield”, at the Baseball Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony on July 25th. The song has been played at every induction ceremony for the past 10 years, but this will be the first time Fogerty will perform it live.
From the New York Daily News:
“I’m overwhelmed and truly humbled,” Fogerty said on Monday. “I had no idea the song would ever be adopted by baseball.
“As a young boy who loved baseball, I grew up thinking baseball players were very special people, not like the rest of us,” he said. “I never thought I’d be connected to them in any way except maybe getting an autograph.”
That is awesome. Fogerty is a class act and a living legend and I am proud to say I have been a fan of Creedence Clearwater Revival ever since I was a wee lad (I’ll argue that “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” may be one of the finest songs ever written), so this news makes me very happy for Mr. Fogerty and the way in which he takes it as such a wonderful compliment only makes it that much more admirable.
Only one question remains: since the Baseball Hall of Fame has adopted “Centerfield” as its unofficial theme song, when will “Walk of Life” by Dire Straits ever get the recognition it properly deserves from the pro leagues? I mean, look at the video for the song, for crying out loud. It’s a no-brainer.
John Fogerty to perform ‘Centerfield’ live at Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in July [New York Daily News]