Songs for Baltimore and Beyond

Camden Yards

(Photo credit: Tommy Gilligan/USA Today)

When the Orioles host the White Sox today in Baltimore, at one of the coolest stadiums in the land, it will be an intimate affair that’s closed to the public. Maybe, if we’re lucky, the quiet and surreal event can exact some real change in a world where some of us are too quick to vent our anger in the form of violence.

Everything that happens at Baltimore’s Camden Yards today could be symbolic of change. The journalists covering the game could literally take any seat they want–kind of like a Southwest Airlines flight. But maybe they should be confined to their normal press box area, in order to keep the stadium as empty as possible.

Without public attendance at the game, there will of course be no beer served today. And maybe, along with that, the Orioles could promote EMPTY ballpark franks in order to make a statement.

Whether it’s a live organist or canned music played over the stadium public address system, the team should take advantage of this rare circumstance. Aside from the little custom jingles in honor of each player’s plate appearance, how about a special playlist between innings to strike the right chord?

Here are a few ideas:

“Amerika the Brutal” by Six Feet Under

“Eve of Destruction” by Barry McGuire

“Give Peace a Chance” by John Lennon

“Heal the World” by Michael Jackson

“Imagine” by John Lennon

“Love Train” by The O’Jays

“One” by U2

“Peace Train” by Cat Stevens

“Us and Them” by Pink Floyd

“War” by Edwin Starr

“Waiting on the World to Change” by John Mayer

“What’s Goin’ On” by Marvin Gaye

Throw in some peaceful New Age-y stuff by Enya and Kenny G. And while we’re at it, maybe increase the punishment for some of the senseless crime that’s committed in our country.

We riot when our teams win. We riot when they lose. We loot and thieve and burn things to the ground. Today the image of an empty ballpark, with guys playing a pastoral game for their own enjoyment, on a beautiful afternoon, roughly 40 miles away from our nation’s capitol, could serve as a sweet symbol of change.

And maybe the contest itself will move along at a slightly swifter pace, a development which the game of baseball also sorely needs. Any other song ideas for today, cast your write-in votes below.

Dave Coombs is a longtime morning radio host and baseball fan.

2 Responses to Songs for Baltimore and Beyond
  1. Tom Sheehan Reply

    Only the Lonely, Roy Orbison
    My City in Ruins, Springsteen
    Fire, Arthur Brown
    Let’s Go Crazy, Prince
    Why Can’t We be Friends, War (?)

    • Dave Coombs Reply

      All strong songs, Tom. I think you’re ready for a Radio Programming gig!

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