Some years ago, the powers that be decided to make a commercial for the playoffs that MLB holds every year to crown its champion. The commercial made was fast-paced. There’s Albert Pujols ready to bat! Here’s Cliff Lee ready to look in for a sign from his catcher! Oh, it’s David Ortiz at the plate! Now Brian Wilson is going crazy! Because MLB wanted this commercial to go viral, they used trendy music to make it as fresh as possible. The song in the commercial was “Written in the Stars” by Tinie Tempah, who is or maybe was a British rapper according to Wikipedia.
Written in the stars, a million miles away…seasons come and go, but I will never change, and I’m on my way
Those lyrics perfectly encapsulated the spirit of MLB at the time. Even today, I can imagine Bud Selig listening to this song on his iPod using Beats by Dre over-ear headphones. Last year, the media gurus at MLB tried to replicate the success and a similarly styled commerical was made. The song in last year’s commercial was “Land of Hope and Dreams” by Bruce SPringsteen. The commercial ended with the words “This Trainnn” and kind of like metaphor where boarding “the train” was sitting down and watching postseason baseball games on TBS. This year’s commercial has the song “My Songs Know what you did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” By Fall Out Boy. Idk why this song was chosen as it doesn’t pertain to MLB’s ideals in my honest opinon. Nevertheless, hearing the song got me to thinking about what song might be in next year’s MLB postseason on TBS commercial.
Here are 5 songs that I think would be good picks:
GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS- Peter Gabriel
This song is as AMerican as they come and after all baseball is America’s national pastime. And wasn’t America once the final frontier?
I can’t imagine a better commercial then this song being played over ominous shots of Joe Maddon inspecting his lineup card, Andretlton Simmons conspiring with Elliott Johnson about covering second base on a stolen base attempt, Rick Honeycutt slowly walking out to the mound to talk to a struggling pitcher…the possibllities are endless.
IGNITION (REMIX)- R. Kelly
Before you jump on my case and call me a lamestream loser for picking this 2003 hit, hear me out. We all know that baseball is as popular as ever as evidenced by MLB Fan Cave, but that doesnt’ mean MLB shouldnt be in the business of appealing to more people, right?
Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce bounce– the sweet sound of groundballs going through a MLB infield.
SAME LOVE- Macklemore
This is kind of like part 2 to the one above this vis-a-vis appealing to more people. As far as we know 0% of MLBers are gay. Undoubtedly there are gay people who play baseball and MLB would be doing itself a big favor by tapping into this talent stream. Speaking of streams, social media streams would be buzzing for sure if MLB picked this song. Macklemore is white hot right now.
I envision this song playing over highlights exclusively of Yunel Escobar. In the third grade I thought that I was gay- Escobar laying out for a groundball. Aww nah here we go America the brave still fears what we don’t know- Escobar diving headfirst into first base. No freedom til we’re equal damn right I support it- Escobar laying down a bunt.
THE WAY IT IS- Bruce Hornsby
I’m not sure why MLB hasn’t already used this song in a commercial. Bruce Hornsby is singing about baseball when he sings, That’s just the way it is. Some things will never change. Forget the lyrics, though. You could just set the rollicking piano melody to clips of infielders making great defensive plays and boom you’ve got an Emmy award winning commercial.
HURT- Nine Inch Nails
What a coincidence that this song is by the NINE inch nails and there are NINE positions on a baseball team. No it’s actually not a coincidence. Nine Inch Nails is a band that values baseball and their name reflects that fact. That’s the reason why I think this song would be a good #pick.
It doesn’t HURT that this song is almost as intense as the MLB postseason on TBS. And god knows Skip Schumaker can relate to the lyrics, Everyone I know goes away in the end…I will let you down, I will make you hurt.
What do you guys think?
What song do you associate with baseballs?
What is the greatest song of all time?
Is baseball a sport that can truly lay claim to the title of America’s nationals pastime when there are other popular sports?
What do you guys think of the contrast between the warmness of good music and the coldness of tv advertising?
In our social media age, do tv commercials matter or are they soon to be as obselete as telegrams?
Are twitter hashtags a valid form of expression or do they obfuscate our capability to interact?
How mny US dollars would you be willing to pay for a ticket to a baseball game?
Repliy to questions in the commnt section.