Murph and Mac
Listening to the Giants on KNBR. I’m trying to get some writing done, but I have the radio on in the background. It’s the radio we had in the kitchen in our house in New Jersey when I was growing up in the 1960s. Still works and still carrying baseball games through its weird little speakers.
I listen to KNBR a lot, especially in the morning. I am a huge fan of Murph and Mac. Who isn’t? They’re smart and funny, and Murph does the best interviews. Even if the topic of an interview isn’t of general interest to me, I listen anyway because I know Murph and Mac (and my old friend Dan Dibley) will find a way to make it interesting.
And they love the Giants.
So it’s been fun listening to their spirited discussions about the Giants’ choosing a seventh-inning song. Like any true fan, they take the choice personally. The song reflects not only on the team they love so much but it reflects on them – on all of us. The song can’t be a cliché, or over-exposed, or bubble-gummy, or a rip-off of some other team’s song.
The real challenge, I think, is that the song in some way ought to capture the vibrancy and quirkiness of San Francisco, the beauty and history of the city and the game of baseball, the deep roots of rock n’ roll and the iconic artists who came of age here.
Murph and Mac have been pushing “Lights” by Journey. I like “Lights.” It might be the right song.
But there are so many great choices – and you’ve been suggesting a ton of them. Keep them coming. Let’s keep our minds open. This is a decision we have to live with for 81 games a season. We want to feel connected to the team and the Bay Area every time we hear it burst through the speakers.
Yes, there are more pressing decisions in the world to be made, bigger problems in life that deserve our energy. But, frankly, with the economy going in the tank and Pakistan exploding and Lindsay Lohan enduring a personal crisis, I welcome a distraction. This is when we need baseball the most, and when we need to take very seriously the important work of choosing the perfect seventh-inning song.
I am enjoying all the comments that detail the criteria that ought to go into choosing this perfect song. They help frame the discussion.
Maybe when we gather all of your suggestions, Murph and Mac will help the Giants narrow the list to a dozen or so. And then we’ll vote.
Let’s hope our voters aren’t the same ones who voted Allison off of American Idol last night. I mean, really. Chris and Danny over Allison? What are people thinking?