Nancy Bea Hefley playing "It's a Beautiful Day for a Ballgame" on the Dodger Stadium organ. The song was written in 1960 by Harry Simeone. Some fans may remember it as the opening music for Dodger radio broadcasts.
Today is the home opener for the Los Angeles Dodgers 2012 season and the first pitch will be thrown by Peter O’ Malley to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium. The symbolic pitch comes after a tumultuous year that ended with new ownership led by figurehead Magic Johnson.
There is another special Dodger Stadium Field of Dream-like constant; Nancy Bea Hefley will be at the organ wafting poetic sounds over the stadium. She, along with Hall of Fame broadcasters Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin, will be honored this afternoon. (The Beach Boys, also celebrating a 50th anniversary, will sing the national anthem).
For purists, it's not the same when the sound of an organ is set aside when a playes strolls to the batter’s box with at-bat walkup music playing canned rock, hip-hop and mambo. Moments when "Master of the House" from "Les Miserables" were heard when Orel Hershiser appeared on the field are replaced by a sample of "All The Right Moves" by OneRepublic for Clayton Kershaw (today's home opener pitcher).
Besides that potential Cy Young mix, other brief bars of recorded music are "Plomo Plomo" by El Negro 5 Estrellas for Juann Uribe; "Spend It" by 2 Chainz for center-fielder Matt Kemp; and "I Wanna Rock (Remix)" by Snoop Dogg/Jay-Z for Kenley Jansen.
But before players became playez, music came from keys and pedals.