Gord Bamford – “Baseball Glove”

Sam Gazdziak | December 23rd, 2010

Gord BamfordChristmas 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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  1. Pete
    December 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Great review of a great song – nice to see some Yankee love for our Gord, who BTW was a HUGE winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards back in September.

  2. Kurtz
    December 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Roy Halladay didnt leave via free agency, it happened through trade…

  3. Sam G.
    December 23, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Man, I hate getting my baseball facts wrong. He signed his big contract with the Phillies after the trade.

  4. Noeller
    December 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Wow — thanks for taking some time for one of “our” guys, Sam!! Gordy’s a gooder, and this is a really cool song.

    As for Halladay, yeah they had to deal him to get some value before he left via FA, but the guy was a gem for the Jays, and one of the most popular players to ever put on the Blue and White. Canadians still treat him as one of their own, and any news story about him, when read up here, is “…former Blue Jay Roy Halladay…”

    Good stuff!

  5. Rick
    December 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    If this song would have been about a Red Ryder BB Gun rather than baseball, I might have actually listened to it…

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