I would like to add my congratulations to the many others in our community who have saluted our high school athletic teams for their highly successful spring seasons.
Our Longhorn golf, track and field, baseball and softball players all deserve a big pat on the back for all their hard work and dedication to their sport. It’s not easy being a student all day, riding on a bus for an hour-and-a-half, giving it their all in their game, meet or match, sitting through another hour-and-a-half return ride, wolfing down dinner, then finding the strength to open a book for homework. Been there, done that. It’s not easy.
I’d like to give special congratulations to our varsity softball team, which came within one passed ball, one strikeout or one timely hit of being crowned this year’s Division 3 state champion. Finishing in second place in all of the state of Arizona and having the best season ever at Payson High School is an accomplishment the girls will always remember and be proud of, as will we in our community.
And a very special pat on the back goes out to players who found themselves riding the pines for most of the season, who always showed up and cheered on their starting teammates, who always thought “Put me in coach, I’m ready to play today,” but seldom got the chance. For they are the real stars of the game.
This week’s question
Over the years, there have been quite a few songs written that have paid homage to baseball, affectionately known as America’s pastime.
In 1858, the first known baseball song was composed, “The Base Ball Polka!” Popular through the end of the century, it took a back seat to Jack Norworth’s 1908 classic, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” which is arguably still America’s favorite baseball song, sung during the seventh inning stretch at nearly every ball park in the country.
In 1949, the song “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball” by Woodrow Buddy Johnson, and later recorded by the legendary Count Basie, was about Robinson’s historic debut with the Brookyln Dodgers.
In the following decade, the Treniers introduced their rock ’n’ roll classic “Say Hey,” about the great Willie Mays. In 1984, the Boss, Bruce Springsteen, used baseball to introduce a song about reminiscing and trying to recapture youth. And in 1993, the popular country band Alabama recorded the song “Cheap Seats,” about going to minor-league games where you don’t know the players’ names, don’t know how the team is doing, but love to just go to the game.
Since its release in 1985, my favorite baseball song has been one in which the writer-singer, John Fogerty, imagines himself to be a rookie sitting on a pinewood bench in the dugout, wanting to get into the game. The eager ballplayer pleads with his coach, “Put me in coach, I’m ready to play today. Look at me, I can be …”
This week’s music trivia question is: what are the correct lyrics that end the John Fogerty lyrics above?
“Look at me, I can be… A) the guy you’re looking for, B) your ace in the hole, C) a star, or D) centerfield?
If you’re the sixth caller this week with the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of your favorite artist or genre of music. Good luck!
Last week’s question
One of America’s all-time most successful and beloved child prodigies was actress-dancer-singer Shirley Temple, who by the tender age of 6 in 1934 was already among the biggest celebrities in the world.
Last week’s question asked if you could identify the song that did not become a major recording hit for this 1930s child prodigy and star. The choices were A) “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” B) “Animal Crackers in My Soup,” C) “The Rainbow Connection,” and D) “When I Grow Up.”
The correct answer was “The Rainbow Connection,” which was “sung” by Kermit the Frog in the delightful 1979 film “The Muppet Movie.”
“On the Good Ship Lollipop” was first sung by Shirley Temple in the 1934 film “Bright Eyes.” Both “Animal Crackers in My Soup” and “When I Grow Up” appeared in her movie “Curly Top,” so named for Temple’s endearing lochs.
Congratulations to last week’s second-time music trivia winner, Jim Thompson.
A couple of final notes
New pictures that I’ve added to my website are from last Saturday’s Bryan Burke-Christina Deaton wedding ceremony and reception, held at the Cabins on Strawberry Hill. It was a perfect day for a wedding, with mild temperatures, clear skies and near-calm wind, for the 150 guests to honor the 2009 graduates of Payson High School and 2014 graduates of South Dakota State University. The couple will make their home in the Valley.
Christina is the daughter of James and Melodi Deaton and Bryan is the son of John and Lori Burke, all of Payson. Longtime family friend, Ronnie McDaniel, officiated the wedding.
Also, I’ve added photos from this past Wednesday’s promotion ceremony at Tonto Basin School, where four strapping young men (actually eighth-grade boys) made up this year’s graduating class. Best wishes to them as they continue their education at Payson High School in the fall.
Have a great Rim Country week!
DJ Craig – Phone: 468-1482 – www.djcraiginpayson.com