Monday, June 23, 2008

The Disappearing Organist

There's no logical reason for organ music to be played at ballgames anymore. It's not the cheapest option for between-innings entertainment. It's not the most elegant. It certainly doesn't connect with modern fans in any important way other than nostalgia.

But I love it, and I'll miss when it's gone.


Anonymous said...

Being a White Sox fan, I've had the pleasure of many years of Nancy Faust. Try to figure out the tunes as each batter is introduced. Matt Stairs? Stairway to Heaven. Orlando Cabrera? It's a small world after all (Disney World reference). Can be a fun game to try and catch the reference, whether it's the name, or even the uniform number. A couple years ago they did a "Nothing but Nancy" day game, only organ music. Hope they do that again.

Anonymous said...

Without the organist, you can't possibly perform "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun."

Voros McCracken said...

My favorite Nancy Faustism was when she would play Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini for Mike Sweeney.

I stole it for the name of one of my HACKING MASS teams ("The Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Mathenys").

Nancy Faust for the Hall of Fame!!