Well, beat the drum, and hold the phone
The sun came out today
We're born again
There's new grass on the field
Roundin' third and headin' for home
It's a brown-eyed handsome man
Anyone can understand the way I feel

Oh, put me in, coach
I'm ready to play today
Put me in, coach
I'm ready to play today
Look at me, I can be
Center field

Well, I spent some time in the Mudville Nine
Watchin' it from the bench
You know I took some lumps when the Mighty Casey struck out
So Say Hey Willie, tell Ty Cobb and Joe DiMaggio
Don't say "it ain't so", you know the time is now

Oh, put me in, coach
I'm ready to play today
Put me in, coach
I'm ready to play today
Look at me, I can be
Center field

Yeah! I got it, I got it!

Got a beat-up glove, a homemade bat
And brand new pair of shoes
You know I think it's time to give this game a ride
Just to hit the ball and touch 'em all
A moment in the sun
It's gone and you can tell that one goodbye

Oh, put me in, coach
I'm ready to play today
Put me in, coach
I'm ready to play today
Look at me, I can be
Center field


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    My InterpretationIn this song, baseball is a metaphor. The song is not really about baseball. This song is about John Fogerty's absense from and hopeful return to music. He spent much of the time from 1975 to 1985 in court and out of music. That was a dark period for him in which he did not write or perform songs. Finally, in 1985 after his cases were settled, he came up with Centerfield which was about him coming back into the rock and roll scene. Baseball was the backdrop because he is a huge baseball fan. And I am a huge Fogerty fan. When you factor in writing songs, voice, guitar playing, producing, etc., there is nobody who can compete with John Fogerty. Based on all those factors, he comes out on top. There might be a better guitar player, but that guitar player does not write better songs nor does he have a better voice. George Harrison had a great voice and played great guitar. But George Harrison did not write nearly as many top songs as John Fogerty. Clapton could play guitar but he couldn't sing like Fogerty and he couldn't write songs like Fogerty. Paul McCartney plays bass and he can't touch Fogerty instrumentally.
    FogertyFanBostonon February 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentYou know, I love baseball, I love John Fogerty, but I detest this song. Funny, ain't it?
    sexmaniacon March 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol. someone told me fogerty lives in Vincennes, IN. is this true? great song btw.
    toolowon August 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the opening few lines. reminds you that good times are ahead. people often say that spring training is a sign that winter is over and that warmer weather is on its way. when the good times finally arrive, its cause to celebrate.

    "Well, beat the drum, and hold the phone
    The sun came out today"
    arjanon September 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbaseball's theme song in my opinion.
    patrickdronon May 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is a classic nostalgic look at the game of baseball. The reason I believe it is so popular is not so much for the catchy tune but because it reaches back in time to the pure art of baseball. It isn’t wonder to me that the video clip that is usually played with this song is solely pre 60’s baseball. This song tries & successfully rekindles the essence and purity of the game that is a cornerstone of the American culture.

    Let's call it for what it really is. Today the game is lost to spoiled young men with idiotic, absurd paychecks. Contracts that dictate everything about their life and how & what position they are to play. Sure in the past you had the marquise players that made loads of money for their time BUT that was far and away the exception.

    Truly, I want to thank John for this song because when I am in the stadium (which is rare now) and hear that song come on the loud speakers it allows me to forget, momentarily, the $100 + I spent to bring my son to a game to support my local franchise owner and their slaves and focus on the really important thing – the game itself!
    jeffllynchon July 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song pretty much describes my relationship with baseball right now. I've been playing since I was five (I'm almost sixteen) and pitching since I was eight, but my coaches this year haven't given me a chance on the mound and instead turned me into a backup corner outfielder. I finally just got fed up and quit and am now looking for either a new team I can pitch for or a pitching coach I can at least get lessons from.
    ostrich1024on June 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the preceding comment. It wouldn't be the first time that John Fogerty has used a metaphor from his skillful songwriting arsenal eg. "Who'll Stop The Rain", "Change In The Weather" etc.

    I like the way he uses a baseball bat-shaped guitar when he plays this song live.
    chrisb1on May 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI dunno. Rocky Mountain Way had baseball references but was a GREAT song By John Walsh about POLITICS! Similarly "Standing in the sTrke zone" by the forgotten "loverboy" of the Reagan Eighties was about nuclear war.
    drpoundsignon November 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentPS: I lUV that this song was used in "Bull Durham."

    Props to my BFF Suzie Sarandon
    drpoundsignon November 14, 2010   Link

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