'Ff'lo (fflo) wrote,
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All-Star Break Tribute w/JoJo

Well, I'm a-gonna tell you if you don't know
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About a great ballplayer from a long time ago
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Who's a hero to me---I ain't puttin' ya on, son---
Cuz I'm not gonna tell the story of baseball's great Walter John-son.

CHORUS:
And all through baseball he was loved and respected
Bitterness in Walter Johnson? Well, it was never detected.

Well, now---
When pitchers throw their pitch to scare
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They actually try to almost hit that opposin' player
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Walter Johnson wouldn't do dat, not even just a little
He always made sure he threw the baseball right down the middle

And all through baseball he was loved and respected.
Was there bitterness in Walter Johnson? Well it was never detected.

Now
(He pitched for the Washington Senators back in about 1924) Now (1906)
Now look:
When the Washington nine was a-gwain to win
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This Walter Johnson would actually ease up a little on the opposition. (That's right.)
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Now the other teammates, they simply didn't get it;
They said "Walter, how come you let 'em hit it?"
Now Walter just told him with his gentle smile,
"Boys, this game isn't any fun if you don't get a hit once in a while."

Now, all through baseball he was loved and respected.
Was there bitterness in Walter Johnson? Well it was never detected.

Now
A record's just a record and a book is just a book
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This Walter Johnson I speak of never so much as gave the opposing team a dirty look
boom-ba-boom-ba boom-ba-boom-ba bum-ba-bum-ba bum
And a season's just a season in a game that was supposed to be just a game
Walter Johnson cared about people more than he cared about fame.

So all through baseball he was loved and respected.
Ah, bitterness in Walter Johnson? Well it was never detected.

Oooo...

--Jonathan Richman
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