John Fogerty's 1985 single "Centerfield" had only modest chart success, topping out at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100. 28 years later, it is on the must-play list at every baseball game with an adequate sound system. The song references players both real - Mays, Cobb and DiMaggio - and fictional - Casey at the Bat. Part of Fogerty's inspiration came from a Chuck Berry song, "Brown Eyed Handsome Man." The following lyric was lifted directly from the Berry tune:
Rounding third he was headed for home,To me, "Centerfield" is so much more than a baseball song. No rock tune better encapsulates the pure joy of a beautiful summer day. Eat your hearts out, Beach Boys!
It was a brown eyed handsome man.
Wanna get your music geek on/drive yourself insane? Try to do the claps and sing the guitar riff at the same time without messing up the rhythm of either. It's a cross-rhythm. If you can do it, go sign yourself up for percussion lessons right now!
My Baseball Fantasy
Vermont League: lost, 4-5-1 (25-18-7 overall, 1st place out of 12 teams)
Maryland League: lost, 1-9 (25-24-1, 6th of 10)
Public League: 80.5 Rotisserie points (3rd of 12)
My Player of the Week: Mike Trout (Center Fielder, Angels) with 3 home runs, 10 RBI, 7 runs, 1 stolen base and a .313 batting average
The Sports Quotient
I am playing in three very different fantasy baseball leagues this year. This is my fourth year in the Vermont league with Mock and his cousins. It's a live online draft, head-to-head league. I am commissioner and three-time defending champion (coincidence, I swear). The Yahoo! public league is live online draft, Rotisserie. New this year is the Maryland league, started by a high school friend who wanted a league his kids could join - an auto draft, head-to-head league.
My daughter technically has a team in the Maryland league, too, though she is essentially a non-participant. Her one parameter as I helped her set up for the auto-draft was that she didn't want any Yankees on her team. She has ignored her team ever since. Oh well, free win for everyone else.
For the most part, all three teams are doing well. My Maryland league team survived a weak start - partially due to not entirely understanding the league rules - to climb to second place as recently as a week ago. As you can see, though, I had my hat handed to me in my most recent matchup and my standing tumbled.
Mike Trout, one of last year's wunderkinds, also started the season slow but has been a beast of late. I had first pick in the public league draft and grabbed the Angel outfielder, Yahoo!'s top-rated fantasy player heading into the season. His performance will be key to my own success.