Sportsong of the Week #13


"Centerfield"

John Fogerty

1985

Produced by John Fogerty

Lucky #13 on a friday! This can only mean good things for the Sportsong of the Week, which is "Centerfield" by John Fogerty. And we have to say, he hit this one out of the park!

John Fogerty is an American musician, songwriter, and guitarist, early in his career best known as the lead singer and lead guitarist for the band Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) and later as a successful solo recording artist.

"Centerfield" is the title track from John Fogerty's 1985 album Centerfield, Fogerty's first solo album after a nine-year hiatus. The song is commonly played at baseball games across the United States and one of the best-known baseball songs. In 2010, John Fogerty became the only musician to be celebrated at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony when "Centerfield" was honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The song mentions superstar centerfielders Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays and Ty Cobb.

Well John, we are looking at you, and you most certainly look ready to play! Put him in coach!!

Full lyrics "Centerfield" - John Fogerty

Well, a-beat the drum and hold the phone The sun came out today We're born again, there's new grass on the field A-roundin' third and headed for home It's a brown-eyed handsome man Anyone can understand the way I feel Oh, put me in coach, I'm ready to play today Put me in coach, I'm ready to play today Look at me, I can be centerfield Well, I spent some time in the Mudville Nine Watching it from the bench You know I took some lumps, when the mighty Case struck out So say hey, Willie, tell the Cobb And Joe DiMaggio Don't say it ain't so, you know the time is now Oh, put me in coach, I'm ready to play today Put me in coach, I'm ready to play today Look at me, I can be centerfield Yeah, I got it, I got it Got a beat-up glove, a home-made bat And a brand new pair of shoes You know I think it's time to give this game a ride Just to hit the ball, and touch 'em all A moment in the sun It's a-gone and you can tell that one good-bye Oh, put me in coach, I'm ready to play today Put me in coach, I'm ready to play today Look at me (yeah), I can be centerfield Oh, put me in coach, I'm ready to play today Put me in coach, I'm ready to play today Look at me, gotta be, centerfield Yeah


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