Batter up!  Celebrate America's National Pastime with some truly Americana inspired music that just spells out BASEBALL.

Composer John Fischer takes us into the stands on a warm summer day, hot dog and peanuts in hand, the smell of the grass, the crack of the bat, and the roar of the crowd as you take in the sport that Abner Doubleday brought to prominence in the states.

Difficulty - Medium Easy  Grade - 3

*RIGHTS REQUIRED to perform music from 'The Natural' by Randy Newman

*PUBLIC DOMAIN pieces of Star Spangled Banner and Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Mvt. I - A Day At the Ballpark

*Knock the Cover Off the Ball and The Whammer Strikes Out from 'The Natural' by Randy Newman (Rights Required)

You hear the call to the ballpark, and it entices you to go.  You buy your ticket, you find your seat.  You see the perfectly manicured green field, the groomed dirt of the infield, and the players lineup.  Through all this sight you hear the strains of the Star Spangled Banner in the background, all leading up to the action on the field.  And just like that, the first batter....the first pitch!.....and CRACK the ball goes soaring over the fence.  The majestic trot around the bases turns into sheer joy and child-like wonder as the team celebrates.

Mvt. II - Making the Cut

*Prologue 1918-1923 from 'The Natural' by Randy Newman (Rights Required)

Not everyone in the game is the guaranteed star.  For every established slugger or blazing pitcher, their are 10 more guys fighting for that chance to play in a big league game.  The amount of work, the long bus rides, the aching bodies, the brutal heat and the less-than-ideal conditions in the minor leagues..............all for that opportunity to make the major league team.

Mvt. III - The Big Leagues

*The Final Game from 'The Natural' by Randy Newman (Rights Required)

But for one young player, his opportunity has come to play in the majors.  He arrives at the ballpark just in time to hear a rendition of 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame'...........he pauses, he soaks it all in as the song echoes throughout the stadium and in his mind.  Finally, late in the game the manager looks over his way and tells him to 'grab a bat, kid.'  He pops off the bench and jumps out of the dugout.  The feeling walking up to the box is surreal.  He had dreamed of this day his entire life, and he was going to make the most of it.