Gord Bamford – “Baseball Glove”
Christmas songs are generally allowed more latitude than other songs. They can be a little more saccharine, a little sillier, because we’re only going to hear them a handful of times during December, and then they get left alone for 11 months. If a song can just not wear out its welcome after about five listens, it’s worthy to be in the Christmas rotation playlist.
Canadian country singer Gord Bamford’s “Baseball Glove” has a few things going for it. First of all, it’s an original and not the 50th rendition of “O Holy Night” or “Winter Wonderland.” Secondly, it has a neat Western swing arrangement that nicely complements his unmistakably country voice. Finally, it borrows from one of the classic holiday movies, “A Christmas Story.”
Like Ralphie in that movie, the kid in “Baseball Glove” wants one thing and one thing only for Christmas. In this case, it’s “a genuine cowhide Rawlings Pro Special, one autographed by Roy Halladay.” While the rest of his family connives and makes grandiose Christmas lists, there’s something innocent and sweet about a boy asking for a simple thing like a baseball glove. Maybe it’s unrealistic; after all, most boys these days would probably prefer the latest Playstation baseball game instead of actually playing baseball. But by the time the song’s cuteness and cleverness start to wear thin, it’s December 26, and it can get tucked away until next Christmas season.
The saddest part about “Baseball Glove” is that the child protagonist, presumably a young Canadian lad, wants a glove signed by Halladay, who left Toronto via free agency to pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies. Is the baseball scene in Canada so bankrupt that the best a kid can hope for is an autograph from a guy who got out of the country as soon as he could? Someone in the Blue Jays marketing office really needs to sit down with Bamford and figure out a way to work in Brandon Morrow or Vernon Wells, or at the very least Aaron Hill.
“Baseball Glove” is available as a free download on Bamford’s website.
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