Adam Tweeted to me: I still can't believe (Channel 13 sports director) Dave Holmes prefers the version of "Life Is a Highway" by Rascal Flatts to the original version done by Tom Cochrane. Can you?
Dear Mud Hens fans: I'm sure you are wondering two things ... What is Adam talking about? And why is this question on the Mud Hens blog?
Well, let's answer that second question first, shall we? This off-season the Mud Hens announced a renovation at Fifth Third Field that will allow fans to "see" inside the press box during a game. I still shake my head at the concept of fans having an interest in watching me type, but then again I never understood the appeal of the television show "Seinfeld," so who knows?
At any rate, in a similar vein I often hear this question: "What do people in the Fifth Third Field press box talk about?" You would think "baseball," right? Well, yes. But not all the time.
Which brings me to Adam's comment. The topic of conversation in the press box on any given day could be just about anything ... and one day, it was the song, "Life Is A Highway."
True story: Between innings of a game a few years back, the Rascal Flatts version of the song started blaring over the loudspeakers, and Dave Holmes, now the sports director at Channel 13, said, "I much prefer the Tom Cochrane version of this song."
Well, I'm not a Rascal Flatts fan. I'm not a country music fan. But I prefer the Rascal Flatts version ... I think the guitar work in their version is better, and I think Gary LeVox does a better job of singing the song (although he does tend to yodel a bit). And having watched this version with my children in the movie Cars plays a role, too, I'm sure.
Whatever. To make a long story short ... Dave and I spent some time discussing this topic. OK, we spent a LOT of time discussing it. In fact, that discussion now is a part of Mud Hens press box lore; it's a running joke in that, many times when Dave and I discuss one topic, one of us will say, "You're right about such-and-such, but I STILL can't believe you prefer Tom Cochrane's version of 'Life Is A Highway' to Rascal Flatts' version!"
OK, not "one of us." I will say it.
So, what's the point? Two things: First, I want to prove to Dave that I'm right about this debate ... Oops, I mean I want to settle this debate with a vote.
Click here to listen to Tom Cochrane's version of "Life Is A Highway" ...
Click here to listen to Rascal Flatts' version of "Life Is A Highway" ...
Pick your favorite and vote in the poll located on the navigation bar on the left-side of this page. One vote per customer, please!
And second, I just want everyone to get a glimpse of the excitement that permeates the Fifth Third Field press box during games. Looking forward to adding to everyone's enjoyment of Mud Hens games this season!
Thanks for revealing the inner workings of the press box, Adam. John.
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