It’s been quiet around Dubroff’s Diner lately, so let’s bring some music into the discussion.
For many years, the Orioles have played John Denver’s “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” after “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during seventh-inning stretch.
As I traveled around the majors, I’ve noticed other songs that seemed livelier played during the seventh-inning stretch. Last month, while watching the Orioles play in Colorado’s Coors Field, the Rockies played “Hey! Baby” (I wanna know if you would be my girl), and it seemed to get a nice reaction.
The New York Mets play “Lazy Mary” by Lou Monte, and that’s upbeat, too.
Toronto has its own baseball ode, “OK Blue Jays” that’s been around forever, but a similar song would never work in Baltimore.
The Orioles have had success with Denver. He sang the song on the dugout during the first game of the 1983 World Series at Memorial Stadium. He also mouthed the words on the dugout in September 1997 shortly before he performed a concert at the then-Baltimore Arena.
Denver was killed in a plane crash a few weeks later.
I’d like to see “Country Boy” replaced with something livelier and more contemporary, and I want to know what you think.
This Week’s Diner Question: Should the Orioles replace “Thank God I’m a Country Boy?”