Don’t Take The Organ Out Of The Ballgame

Jun 24th, 2008 // 3 Comments

outfield.jpgTo balance out the depressing nature of today, here’s an article about Lambert Bartak, the 89-year-old organist at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb., which has hosted the College World Series since 1950. Of course, a lot of the story is about how organs at baseball stadiums are a dying breed, and how the new stadium in Omaha, which is set to open in 2011, will probably dispose of the organ tradition because, as Bartak puts it, “It wouldn’t fit in the modern age.” Why can’t we have nice things, everybody? (Also, does anyone know if Citi Field is going to have an organ? There’s something about the disconnected “Blister In The Sun” chords that makes Mets games fun, even this season.) [International Herald Tribune]

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  1. GhostOfDuane

    After spending last night at Shea for the thorough 11-to-zip beatdown from the worst team in baseball, I found myself longing for more soothing sounds of a Hammond B3. Citi better have an organ and it better have an apple too.

  2. Maura Johnston

    @GhostOfDuane: I almost went to that game. Ugh. UGH. I am wondering if Perez really feels unmoored by Peterson’s dismissal and is just breaking down.

  3. Reidicus

    Belated comment, but this was an awesome piece, albeit sad. Glad to see Idolator taking notice. Former MLB.com employee, take a bow! (And, um, go Braves.)

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