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The closing movement

Posted at 2:40 PM on July 17, 2007 by Don Lee

On our baseball blog, Bleacher Bums, Steve Rudolph comments on the music stadium sound operators choose to introduce certain relief pitchers. It's often heavy metal. Steve links to a writer on espn.com who poses an alternative: why not Beethoven's "Ode to Joy"?

Amen to that, I say.

The discussion also makes me think of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from Grieg's Peer Gynt.

Why? Well, at the old Met Stadium they used it in the mid-60s to introduce Twins center fielder Jimmie Hall. While we're at it, let's bring back those clever stadium organists.