John Fogerty Celebrates MLB Opening Day by Reminiscing on 1985 Baseball Track ‘Centerfield’

by Katie Maloney

Can you smell the dirt and freshly cut grass? It’s baseball season and John Fogerty is reminding us just how much we’ve missed the game.

“Centerfield” is the title track from John Fogerty’s first solo album after a nine-year hiatus. The song perfectly encapsulates the eagerness every athlete feels to get on the field. During the song, Fogerty sings “Well uh beat the drum and hold the phone. The sun came out today. We’re born again, there’s new grass on the field. I’m rounding third and I’m heading home. It’s a brown-eyed handsome man. Anyone can understand the way I feel. Put me in coach, I’m ready to play today. Put me in coach, I’m ready to play today. Look at me, I can be centerfield.”

After most teams closed stadiums last year, fans know exactly how the eager young player feels in Fogerty’s song. John Fogerty happens to be one of those fans who is grateful that the 2021 baseball season officially started today. So, to celebrate, Fogerty shared a video talking about his iconic song, “Centerfield.” Along with the video, Fogerty wrote, “Talking about Centerfield in celebration of Opening Day.”

What’s The Story Behind John Fogerty’s ‘Centerfield’

John Fogerty grew up on the west coast where, at the time, there wasn’t a baseball team anywhere near his hometown. So, as a kid, he cheered for the New York Yankees, specifically those who played centerfield like Joe DiMaggio. During an interview, Fogerty talked about how his love for baseball as a kid later contributed to his writing “Centerfield.”

“When I was a little kid, there were no teams on the West Coast, so the idea of a Major League team was really mythical to me,” he said. “Through my own lore, the way I was kind of filtering this faraway dream, it seemed that the coolest place and the number one guy seemed to be a center fielder, and he seemed to play in Yankee Stadium.”

Fogerty dreamed of being a professional baseball player as a kid, he added. Although that didn’t work out, John Fogerty was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame for his song. Fogerty is the only musician to be inducted. During the same interview, Fogerty shared that his induction, in a way, was a dream come true.

“As a little boy, I loved baseball. I dreamed about being a major league player. Of course, it didn’t work out that way. But to be associated at all, in any way, is a wonderful honor,” he said.