Mud Hens fans lend voices to ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’Written by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year, the start of baseball season heralds the start of summer, so it’s fitting that “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” is the opening track of “Red, White & You,” a CD of summer songs by local artists to benefit the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio.
“It’s fun. It’s a summer song,” said Mud Hens Communications Director Andi Roman.
The 44-second track was recorded at Fifth Third Field during the seventh inning of the May 9 Toledo Mud Hens game.
The idea came during a conversation with Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief Michael S. Miller, who had queried Roman about including the classic song on the CD.
“Michael called to ask me if we had a version of it on tape from one of our games. Then I was like, ‘Well, it’d be fun to do a live rendition from fans.’ So we picked a game, promoted it and recorded it,” Roman said. “Basically it was a conversation that started with one idea and expanded to another.”
Mud Hens emcee Anthony Bellino explained to the crowd of 5,500 what was happening and then fans took it away, with strategically placed microphones picking up their voices, Roman said.
“It wasn’t anything really high-tech,” Roman said. “We just took some of our mics out, put them where there were groups of people singing and caught their voices that way.”
The Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye regularly partner with the Red Cross to host blood drives, so the CD project was just one more way for the organization to help out a good cause, Roman said.
“It’s a good charity and we knew the proceeds were going to benefit a local charity,” Roman said. “We were pleased to be asked. It was just fun. We were happy to do it.”