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    Updating Terry Cashman's "Talkin' Baseball" song

    We need to add a couple new versus to represent the 90's and 00's. Who or what should be mentioned in our additional versus?


    Talkin' Baseball (1981) by Terry Cashman

    The Whiz Kids had won it,
    Bobby Thomson had done it,
    And Yogi read the comics all the while.
    Rock 'n roll was being born,
    Marijuana, we would scorn,
    So down on the corner,
    The national past-time went on trial.

    We're talkin' baseball!
    Kluszewski, Campanella.
    Talkin' baseball!
    The Man and Bobby Feller.
    The Scooter, the Barber, and the Newc,
    They knew 'em all from Boston to Dubuque.
    Especially Willie, Mickey, and the Duke.

    Well, Casey was winning,
    Hank Aaron was beginning,
    One Robbie going out, one coming in.
    Kiner and Midget Gaedel,
    The Thumper and Mel Parnell,
    And Ike was the only one winning down in Washington.

    We're talkin' baseball!
    Kluszewski, Campanella.
    Talkin' baseball!
    The Man and Bobby Feller.
    The Scooter, the Barber, and the Newc,
    They knew 'em all from Boston to Dubuque.
    Especially Willie, Mickey, and the Duke.

    Now my old friend, The Bachelor,
    Well, he swore he was the Oklahoma Kid.
    And Cookie played hooky,
    To go and see the Duke.
    And me, I always loved Willie Mays,
    Those were the days!

    Well, now it's the 80's,
    And Brett is the greatest,
    And Bobby Bonds can play for everyone.
    Rose is at the Vet,
    And Rusty again is a Met,
    And the great Alexander is pitchin' again in Washington.

    I'm talkin' baseball!
    Like Reggie, Quisenberry.
    Talkin' baseball!
    Carew and Gaylord Perry,
    Seaver, Garvey, Schmidt and Vida Blue,
    If Cooperstown is calling, it's no fluke.
    They'll be with Willie, Mickey, and the Duke.

    Willie, Mickey, and the Duke. (Say hey, say hey, say hey)
    It was Willie, Mickey and the Duke (Say hey, say hey, say hey)
    I'm talkin' Willie, Mickey and the Duke (Say hey, say hey, say hey)
    Willie, Mickey, and the Duke. (Say hey, say hey, say hey)
    Say Willie, Mickey, and the Duke. (Say hey, say hey, say hey)

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    If you give me lists of leaders for each of the two decades (BA, SLG, HR, IP, ERA, K, SV), I'll give it a crack
    Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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    The 2000's

    The Diamondbacks had won it,
    Colangelo had done it,
    Gonzo off Rivera for the win
    The Towers just came down,
    Al-Qaeda hit our towns,
    So down on the corner,
    The national past-time picked us up again

    We're talkin' baseball!
    Bernie and Posada
    Talkin' baseball!
    Big Hurt and Tejada
    Zambrano, Zito, and Ben Sheets,
    They know 'em all from LA to St. Pete
    Especially Nomar, A-Rod and the Jete

    Well, Torre was winning,
    And Dontrelle was beginning,
    Clemens going out, and coming right back in
    Beltran and Craig Biggio,
    Big Unit and Ichiro,
    And the game had finally returned down in Washington

    We're talkin' baseball!
    Berkman, Soriano
    Talkin' baseball!
    Francisco Liriano
    Pedro, the latest Koufax manque,
    They know 'em all from Oakland to the Bronx
    Especially Manny, Pujols, and the Pronk

    Welcome to the zeroes,
    The 04 Sox were heroes,
    And Barry Bonds hit 756
    Mark McGuire bowed out,
    his last few years in doubt,
    Maybe all these records come with asterisks

    I'm talkin' baseball!
    Like Magglio and Hoffman,
    Talkin' baseball!
    Petco and the Kaufman,
    K-Rod, Wagner, Lidge, and Huston Street,
    They know 'em all from LA to St. Pete
    Especially Nomar, A-Rod and the Jete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Rose Rounding Third View Post
    The 2000's

    The Diamondbacks had won it,
    Colangelo had done it,
    Gonzo off Rivera for the win
    The Towers just came down,
    Al-Qaeda hit our towns,
    So down on the corner,
    The national past-time picked us up again

    We're talkin' baseball!
    Bernie and Posada
    Talkin' baseball!
    Big Hurt and Tejada
    Zambrano, Zito, and Ben Sheets,
    They know 'em all from LA to St. Pete
    Especially Nomar, A-Rod and the Jete

    Well, Torre was winning,
    And Dontrelle was beginning,
    Clemens going out, and coming right back in
    Beltran and Craig Biggio,
    Big Unit and Ichiro,
    And the game had finally returned down in Washington

    We're talkin' baseball!
    Berkman, Soriano
    Talkin' baseball!
    Francisco Liriano
    Pedro, the latest Koufax manque,
    They know 'em all from Oakland to the Bronx
    Especially Manny, Pujols, and the Pronk

    Welcome to the zeroes,
    The 04 Sox were heroes,
    And Barry Bonds hit 756
    Mark McGuire bowed out,
    his last few years in doubt,
    Maybe all these records come with asterisks

    I'm talkin' baseball!
    Like Magglio and Hoffman,
    Talkin' baseball!
    Petco and the Kaufman,
    K-Rod, Wagner, Lidge, and Huston Street,
    They know 'em all from LA to St. Pete
    Especially Nomar, A-Rod and the Jete.
    Why should we try when PRRT has created this gem
    Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
    Good traders: MadHatter(2), BoofBonser26, StormSurge

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    Why thank you, RMB.

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    What about Mike Piazza's blast in baseballs return to New York?
    You must pick battles that are small enough to win, but large enough to matter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Rose Rounding Third View Post
    The 2000's

    The Diamondbacks had won it,
    Colangelo had done it,
    Gonzo off Rivera for the win
    The Towers just came down,
    Al-Qaeda hit our towns,
    So down on the corner,
    The national past-time picked us up again

    We're talkin' baseball!
    Bernie and Posada
    Talkin' baseball!
    Big Hurt and Tejada
    Zambrano, Zito, and Ben Sheets,
    They know 'em all from LA to St. Pete
    Especially Nomar, A-Rod and the Jete

    Well, Torre was winning,
    And Dontrelle was beginning,
    Clemens going out, and coming right back in
    Beltran and Craig Biggio,
    Big Unit and Ichiro,
    And the game had finally returned down in Washington

    We're talkin' baseball!
    Berkman, Soriano
    Talkin' baseball!
    Francisco Liriano
    Pedro, the latest Koufax manque,
    They know 'em all from Oakland to the Bronx
    Especially Manny, Pujols, and the Pronk

    Welcome to the zeroes,
    The 04 Sox were heroes,
    And Barry Bonds hit 756
    Mark McGuire bowed out,
    his last few years in doubt,
    Maybe all these records come with asterisks

    I'm talkin' baseball!
    Like Magglio and Hoffman,
    Talkin' baseball!
    Petco and the Kaufman,
    K-Rod, Wagner, Lidge, and Huston Street,
    They know 'em all from LA to St. Pete
    Especially Nomar, A-Rod and the Jete.
    Oh man that was cool. I got chills reading that. I love the reference to 911 and the link to Washington like original versus was GREAT. I think you could drop the word Craig and just go with Bi-gi-o and it still sounds right with I-chi-ro but maybe I'm not singing it right in my head. GREAT JOB.
    Last edited by MyDogSparty; 08-24-2007 at 11:09 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthMayBond View Post
    Why should we try when PRRT has created this gem

    No no no, more versus are welcome. We're still missing the 1990's.

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    The 1990s

    The Braves had finally done it,
    In '95 they won it,
    With three top starters headed for the Hall
    There was striking for a buck,
    Montreal fans out of luck,
    All around the world,
    we just wanted to hear "Play Ball!"

    We're talkin' baseball!
    Rickey H. and Will Clark
    Talkin' baseball!
    Joe Carter and Chuck Knoblauch
    Dave Justice, Lofton, and Thome,
    They knew 'em all from Seattle to DC
    Especially Alou, Juan Gone, and Griffey

    Well, Cito G. was winning,
    And A-Rod was beginning,
    And Ozzie Smith's career came to an end
    Larkin and Derek Bell,
    Tony Gwynn and Bagwell,
    And the rookie righty Mo was setting up Wetteland

    We're talkin' baseball!
    Mo Vaughn and O'Neil
    Talkin' baseball!
    Olerud and Zeile
    Piazza, Bonilla, and Steinbach
    They knew 'em all on every city block
    Especially Coney, Drabek, and the Doc

    In the 1990's era,
    Unknowns like F. Cabrera,
    Hit in the clutch as though it wasn't hard
    The Giants won one hundred plus,
    And yet they missed the playoff bus,
    That's why the rules committee made the Wild Card!

    I'm talkin' baseball!
    Like Ripken, Everett, Nagy
    Talkin' baseball!
    Black Jack and Tom Henke
    Dave Justice, Lofton, and Thome,
    They knew 'em all from Seattle to DC
    Especially Alou, Juan Gone, and Griffey

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    Actually most of the 80s are missing too.
    And the 80s verses are outdated...singing abount Bonds in the 80s? He didn't even play a season's worth of games in the 80s.

    And 70s are not even present!

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    I prefer "Talkin' Softball"
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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    "Well, now it's the 80's,
    And Brett is the greatest"

    Check that...Schmidt is the greatest....

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    Who was the "Great Alexander" who was pitching again in Washington?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tacosaregood/metsguy234 View Post
    Who was the "Great Alexander" who was pitching again in Washington?
    Ronald Reagan, who had once played Grover Cleveland Alexander in a film.

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    And the 80s verses are outdated...singing abount Bonds in the 80s?
    Bobby Bonds, not Barry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Rose Rounding Third View Post
    Bobby Bonds, not Barry.
    Bobby Bonds was done by 1981. Actually, he was pretty much done in 1979.

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    Bonds came up in like 87' i think
    You must pick battles that are small enough to win, but large enough to matter

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgarza View Post
    Bobby Bonds was done by 1981. Actually, he was pretty much done in 1979.
    Bonds was still active in '81 - his final game was October 4 of that year. It's possible Cashman included him because he was able to fit his "can play for everyone" achievement into the song.

    Wonder how many versions Cashman has done for each team. The latest I'm aware of are 2006 versions for the Mets, Yankees, Tigers, Cardinals, and A's.

    Incidentally, Cooperstown Music has all of the 1996 individual team versions for sale on two CDs (one for each league, sold separately), except that for some reason the Oakland A's version on the disc is from 2002.
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    This is home now - Citi Field, capacity 41,800 - and every seat in this ballpark seemingly filled, some standees as well, anticipating a piece of history as delivered by Mike Pelfrey, the 25-year-old from Wichita, Kansas. Into a windup, his first pitch in the history of Citi Field, a fastball for a called strike to Jody Gerut. Gerut off to a .214 start with no homers and one RBI. - Howie Rose calls the very first pitch thrown at Citi Field, April 13, 2009

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Dunaier View Post
    Wonder how many versions Cashman has done for each team. The latest I'm aware of are 2006 versions for the Mets, Yankees, Tigers, Cardinals, and A's.
    I looked this up. Cashman did some songs in 2008. He sang updated songs for the Yankees, Indians, Tigers, Angels, Mariners, Red Sox, Mets, Phillies, Dodgers and Cubs.

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    PR rounding third...


    Instead of "Ozzie Smith's career came to and end", how about

    "The Wizard pulled of his last web gem" or "We saw Ozzie's final back-flip"
    "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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    2000's

    The curse was repealed
    Lots of huge contract deals
    The Pirates and Royals could simply not compete
    New ballparks everywhere
    Mitchell and friends went on a tear
    And for all the wrong reasons big stars were going to Washington!

    Talking Baseball
    Raffy and Sammy took an oath
    Talking Baseball
    The Rocket and Mac became goats
    Even A-Rod said he took the juice
    Giambi, Canseco, Barry too.
    Let's bring back Willie, Mickey and the Duke!
    Last edited by StanTheMan; 12-27-2010 at 08:09 AM.
    "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue387 View Post
    I looked this up. Cashman did some songs in 2008. He sang updated songs for the Yankees, Indians, Tigers, Angels, Mariners, Red Sox, Mets, Phillies, Dodgers and Cubs.
    That's great, but unfortunately for me not a cause for celebration because these tracks only appear to be available as downloads. I prefer physical CDs that I can rip from. (Never learned how to burn my own CDs.)
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    This is home now - Citi Field, capacity 41,800 - and every seat in this ballpark seemingly filled, some standees as well, anticipating a piece of history as delivered by Mike Pelfrey, the 25-year-old from Wichita, Kansas. Into a windup, his first pitch in the history of Citi Field, a fastball for a called strike to Jody Gerut. Gerut off to a .214 start with no homers and one RBI. - Howie Rose calls the very first pitch thrown at Citi Field, April 13, 2009

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    2000's continued (separated so suggestions/critique can be made w/out quoting the whole thing)

    But all was not lost
    The fans were still boss
    Players make their own reputa-tions
    Then Ichiro did his thing
    Freak and Roy - what heat they bring
    The decade ended with a great Giants Series run!

    Talking baseball
    The game is still king
    Talking baseball
    We love to watch them do their thing
    A 4-6-3 is still a damn beautiful thing
    So come on team, go and get that ring!
    "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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    So out back in the yards
    Boys and girls become their favorite stars
    An 8 year old Pujols hits a fastball out
    But then it's time to hurl
    C.C. is now a little girl
    She gets the sign, she nods her head, she kicks and fires!

    Talking Baseball
    We don't need asterisks
    Talking Baseball
    Shame on those players - tsk tsk
    We're moving on, leave them in the dust
    The era was a sham, but let's stop making such a fuss
    Talking Baseball
    In the grand game we trust
    "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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    I'd like to see a verse involving sabermetrics.

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