“Take me out to the ball game.”
Who came up with that song that everyone sings during the 7th-inning stretch?
Since I go to Safeco Field with my family more and more often these days, I had to look it up.
You see, baseball was not a part of my childhood growing up in Spain. Everything I know about the game, I’ve learned in my 40s. The song tells the story of a baseball-loving gal who asks her boyfriend to take her to the ballpark. It was written in 1908 and first sang at a major-league park in the mid 1930s, according to Wikipedia.
Isn’t it amazing that it has become a national sports anthem of sorts? The Spanish soccer teams I grew up watching sure have their own songs, but I can’t think of any particular tune that is common to the entire sport, let alone played consistently throughout the stadiums at one particular moment of the game.
Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd;
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don’t care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root for the MARINERS,
If they don’t win, it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game.