Peter, Paul & Mary’s Ode to Playing “Right Field”

Some right fielders are good.

It is that time of year when winter turns to a season of hope.  We hope for a beautiful spring as we welcome warm weather.  Also, we hope that this year will be “the year” for our baseball team.  But no matter what happens with the season, every team at least has a chance on opening day.

For anyone who played baseball growing up, there is one position where they would stick the kids who were not very skilled at the game.  These were the kids who were hopeful enough to play the game.  But the coaches did not have much hope in them.  I know, because I was one of those kids.

I still love baseball.  So it is worth celebrating those of us who grew up in right field.

Peter, Paul & Mary wrote a touching ode to playing right field “watching the dandelions grow.”

I’d dream of the day they’d hit one my way;
They never did, but still I would pray,
That I’d make a fantastic catch on the run,
And not lose the ball in the sun;
And then I’d awake from this long reverie,
And pray that the ball never came out to me,
Here in . . . Right field.

Below, Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers perform “Right Field” at their 25th Anniversary Concert.  Check it out.

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