Print Edition: November 14, 2012
CIVL Station Manager is obsessed with the Toronto Blue Jays, and currently focuses on this week’s blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins, which make’s Canada’s team an instant playoff contender for 2013.
The Bat Boys – “OK, Blue Jays”
In Toronto this song is a classic at Jays games. But yes, Canada’s team does have it’s own theme song, and a bulk of the lyrics simply explain various aspects of the actual game of baseball. It’s no Hanson Bros, but we make do with what we’ve got in hogtown.
The Beatles – “Blue Jay Way”
Why is there a song on The White Album, of all recordings, that name checks what 15 years later would be the first Anglophone non-American team in the only sport that’s more American than Apple Pie? The Jays home field is actually on Blue Jay Way, just like Gretzky’s bar.
Guns N’ Roses – “Sweet Child o’ Mine”
I feel about the Blue Jays the way that Axl Rose feels about the subject of this song. Ownership, awe and bewilderment at the wonder of being lucky enough to earn the satisfaction that comes with having your adoration accepted by that which you love. Also, Greg Zaun loves G’n’R.
Ozzie Ozbourne – “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”
The Prince of Darkness really butchered this tune at a Chicago Cubs game in Wrigley one time a while back. He actually sang the words “I don’t know what I’m doing” in pretty good tune and rhythm. Luckily he’s a limey, otherwise it would be a pretty big scandal IMHO.