The fantasy baseball teams are pretty much set. We contestants watch closely as the players we have selected begin the regular season. I have a decent roster, considering I had to stay within my budget. Hopefully by the All-Star break, most of my fantasy players will be among the elite of both the American and National Leagues.
Unfortunately I am only one among millions who vote for the players. I do, however, have the sole voice in filling out the roster of the best song titles per position on a baseball diamond.
10. “Feels Like the First Time” by Foreigner: The band’s first hit from their first album is a perfect fit for the first base in the game. The player I took for this position is Minnesota’s Justin Morneau.
9. “Right Place Wrong Time” by Dr. John: The veteran musician’s only hit was a home run. One could day he released it at the right place at right time. My choice for right field was Toronto’s Alex Rios.
8. “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” by Tony Bennett: The crooner’s biggest hit could be considered an homage to Giants slugger Barry Bonds, who for a long time was in left in San Francisco. I selected Ryan Ludwick for left field.
7. “Catch the Wind” by Donovan: This acoustic classic has Donovan sounding very much like a British Bob Dylan. My choice to catch was Minnesota’s Joe Mauer.
6. “Center of Attention” by Guster: This song is one of the many highlights on the alternative pop band’s Lost and Gone Forever album. The player I have manning centerfield was Torii Hunter of the Angels.
5. “Substitute” by The Who: The catchy guitar slide in the intro is just one of the great characteristics of this early Who song. The substitute I have on my bench is the trusty Marlon Anderson of the Mets.
4. “Third Time Lucky” by Foghat: The band known for heavy rock softened up enough to record this pop favorite about unlucky love. I hope I have good luck with my third base choice, Edwin Encarnacion of the Reds.
3. “Second Hand News” by Fleetwood Mac: When you heard Lindsay Buckingham’s guitar open this song, you knew that Rumours was going to be a very special album.
2. “(Just Like) Starting Over” by John Lennon: The song is beautifully delivered by Lennon, whose life ended shortly after this song from Double Fantasy became a huge hit. The Indians’ Cliff Lee was my starting most of my games.
1. “Short People” by Randy Newman: The song is often misconstrued as a slam on the folks mentioned in the title, but anyone familiar with Newman’s songwriting appreciates his potent sarcasm. Of all the people I could have placed at short for my team, I went with Florida’s Hanley Ramirez.