Saying Take Me Out to the Ball Game is a story about a girl, is like saying God is woman. Oh, wait! That tune IS the tale of a girl!
Last night, CBS’s evening news broadcast brought tears to the eyes of every girl who ever wore a snapback. The seventh-inning song, Baseball’s National Anthem, is about a Katie Casey. A girl who, when asked out on a date, didn’t want to go sit in a movie theater, she wanted to go eat peanuts and watch baseball.
The song, written in 1908, came at a time when women were beginning to stand up for themselves.
Could there be a better time to bring this to light? Today, women across the country who have experienced sexual harassment are stepping up to the bat. Saying, hold on boys, no more one, two, three strikes you’re out. Now, you are out on the first damn pitch.
We here at Athletchic couldn’t be happier that the lyrics of baseball’s National Anthem is about women’s rights. Ain’t that like hiting a line drive below the belt. (Let’s stand Harvey Weinstein on the pitcher’s mound during batting practice.)
In honor of the women who had the courage to stand up to sexual harassment in these past few weeks, this year during the World Series, we Athletchics have decided we will still stand and sing Baseball’s National Anthem. You may not be able to hear us over the din of the crowd, but listen closely. The words have changed. Now, it goes like this:
Take me out with the crowd;
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don’t care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win, it’s a shame.
For it’s three, two, one strike, you’re out,
At the old ball game.
Cyndie Zahner is a freelance writer. You may follow her on Twitter @Tweetyz or on instagram @athletchicz, or check out her author website at www.cyndiezahner.com.