Birthday Bash Giveaway: Part One

Juli Thanki | July 9th, 2012

drewfreshwaterEngine 145’s first birthday is July 11, but we’re celebrating all week long. We’ve got a bunch of giveaways lined up for you as our way of saying “thanks.”

First up: Drew Kennedy’s excellent  Fresh Water in the Salton Sea album and novel (here’s our 2011 feature on this project).

One reader will get the Fresh Water in the Salton Sea bundle, which includes both the CD and book. Since Drew is a big baseball fan, to enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post mentioning your favorite song about baseball before noon Eastern on Tuesday, July 10. A winner will be chosen by random number generator and informed by email, so be sure to use a valid address. One entry per household, please.


  1. nm
    July 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Clearly Steve Goodman’s “St. Louis Browns” is the greatest baseball song ever, surpassing even his “Dying Cubs’ Fan’s Lament.” Clearly.

  2. Jon
    July 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Piffle. It’s “Home Run Man.”

  3. Arlene
    July 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    “Moe Berg: The Song” by Chuck Brodsky.

  4. Sam G.
    July 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I’m not putting myself in the running, but it’s “Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request,” and NOTHING surpasses it. As least not if you’re a lifelong Cubs fan.

    I love The Baseball Project’s “Harvey Haddix” and the way they included every single pitcher who ever threw a perfect game. Of course, since they recorded it, there’s been like 5 more perfect games, so the song’s gotta be pretty tough to sing by now. And thank goodness Jim Joyce blew that call at first base, because I don’t know what they could rhyme with “Armando Galarraga.”

  5. luckyoldsun
    July 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I’ll go with “Van Lingle Mungo” by Dave Frishberg.

  6. Andrew
    July 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I have the album and book so I don’t need an entry, but my favorites are “Harvey Haddix” and “Ted F—ing Williams”, both by The Baseball Project.

  7. Donald
    July 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Letters in the Dirt by Chuck Brodsky gets my vote today, but tomorrow it could be something else. Brodsky may be writing about a baseball player, but he is really writing about all of us. Great stuff.

  8. Shannon Baas
    July 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    letters in the dir.

  9. Rick
    July 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I’m soooooo not a sports fan. I’d have to go with “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” as it may be the only sports related song I’m familiar with….

  10. Ken Morton, Jr.
    July 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I’m ineligible, but I had to share the one that set me off on my course of a lifetime of baseball love. Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” made me a Pirates fan forever way back in 1979.

  11. Jonathan Pappalardo
    July 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Favorite Baseball song? Easy. “Cheap Seats” Alabama

  12. Kat Riley
    July 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I love Kenny Roger’s “The Greatest” song.

  13. luckyoldsun
    July 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    If Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” counts as a baseball song because it was played at the ballpark, then the greatest baseball song has to be a song written by Francis Scott Key.

  14. Adam Sheets
    July 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?”- “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon and Garfunkel. Yes, it’s overplayed, but it’s still a classic.

  15. Jon
    July 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I’m sorry, but a passing mention of a baseball player is not enough to make a song be about baseball. It’s got to have baseball as its subject, or at least as its central conceit. Like “Home Run Man.”

    “Two strikes against me before I even start
    I swung twice, but I missed – I’m gonna win your heart
    You’re doing all the pitching, and the game is in your hands
    But one thing you don’t know, honey, I’m a home run man”

    And note that this one is an actual country song written by an actual country songwriter and recorded by actual country music singers like Jimmy Martin and Marty Raybon. As opposed to folk singers, roots rockers and the like. Kind of appropriate for a country music site.

  16. peter gladue
    July 9, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    The Treniers – Say Hey (The Willie Mays Song)

  17. Eric
    July 9, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    “A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request” for me, but of the songs that have yet to be mentioned, “Right Field” by Peter, Paul, and Mary. And Sam G., your comment literally made me fall on the floor laughing.

  18. Andrew
    July 9, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I don’t know what they could rhyme with “Armando Galarraga.”

    They “rhymed” Randy Johnson with Addie Joss, so I’m guessing they’ll rhyme Galarraga with Phil Humber.

  19. Trisha McKee
    July 10, 2012 at 1:03 am

    I like Nelly’s Batter Up.

  20. Sand
    July 10, 2012 at 1:43 am

    “Glory Days” – Bruce Springsteen.

  21. CMW
    July 10, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Ineligible, but shocked that nobody has mentioned Trace Adkins’ modern classic, “Swing.” Shame on all of you.

    There’s also “America’s Favorite Pastime” by Todd Snider.

  22. Buddy Garrett
    July 10, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Take Me Out To The Ballgame is my favorite.

  23. bob
    July 10, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I’m surprised that no one mentioned “Centerfield”, written and sung by John Fogerty. It gets the blood pumping, the adrenalin flowing with its infectious beat and perfect lyrics.

    In addition to writing “The Greatest” for Kenny Rogers, songwriter Don Schlitz also wrote “I Watched It All On My Radio” by Lionel Cartwright.

    I’d go through the stations ’til I found a game
    I knew how they played by the sounds of their names
    The sluggers hit homers, those pitchers threw smoke
    And I watched it all on my radio

    “The Show”, written by Jon Vezner and Don Henry, from Vezner’s cd “Who’s Gonna Know”, tells of a young man’s journey to “The Show” which many know from the movie “Bull Durham” is the major leagues.

  24. Ben Foster
    July 10, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I don’t listen to a whole lot of baseball songs now that I think about it, but I do enjoy “The Cheap Seats.”

  25. susan smoaks
    July 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

    take me out to the ballgame

  26. Erin COok
    July 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I am not a baseball fan but I love football I love the NFL theme song that Faith Hill sings

  27. Brenda Elsner
    July 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I love Kenny Rogers “The Greatest”

  28. DanV
    July 10, 2012 at 10:31 am

    My favorite is “Talkin’ Baseball” – Terry Cashman

  29. heather c
    July 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

    The old classic – John Fogerty, Centerfield

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