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Thursday, May 10, 2018

From Atlanta to Athens, organist Matthew Kaminski keeping baseball’s music tradition alive

When Kaminski decided on a whim to audition for the Braves organist position in 2009, he got the job. Two years later, he was contacted by the Georgia athletic association, which asked Kaminski to play a few games in Athens.

What started as a dozen or so games the first year turned into a seven-year long relationship between Kaminski and the Bulldogs. Whenever the Braves are out of town, or their season has not yet started, Kaminski can be found at Foley Field. The difference in crowd size between the two venues is jarring. SunTrust Park holds over 40,000 fans while Foley Field maxes out at 3,291.

But that’s OK with the baseball organist.

“I like the smaller stadiums better because I can hear the interaction of what I’m doing,” Kaminski said. “I don’t quite feel like I’m in the crowd [at SunTrust], whereas here, you’re so close to it.”

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 10, 2018 at 03:43 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: atlanta braves, braves, general, music

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   1. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: May 11, 2018 at 09:21 AM (#5670579)
Organ music at a baseball game is just right.
   2. Scott Lange Posted: May 11, 2018 at 09:26 AM (#5670582)
The Braves' organist is the best thing about the organization. Sitting at the ballpark, listening to what he plays the visiting batters as they walk up, and trying to decipher the reference is great fun.
   3. Swoboda is freedom Posted: May 11, 2018 at 11:12 AM (#5670690)
I don't mind the organ music as it is usually quieter. I hate when they blast the music between innings. They just play it too dang loud. (And get off my yard). I want to be able to talk to my neighbors between innings and it is hard with all the noise. Of course, I took my daughters to a game last year and the music and between inning games was their favorite part.
   4. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 11, 2018 at 01:33 PM (#5670867)
Organ music at a baseball game is just right.

Even if it was a hackneyed cliche, I used to love the organist at Wrigley belting out the theme from "The Godfather" whenever Ron Santo came up to bat.

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I don't mind the organ music as it is usually quieter. I hate when they blast the music between innings. They just play it too dang loud. (And get off my yard). I want to be able to talk to my neighbors between innings and it is hard with all the noise.

I agree with the noise part, but that seems to be more of a problem in most parks with recorded music than with a live organ.
   5. McCoy Posted: May 11, 2018 at 01:35 PM (#5670869)
This guy sounds like Brockmire's nemesis in season two.
   6. Leroy Kincaid Posted: May 13, 2018 at 01:43 PM (#5671531)
The Braves' organist is the best thing about the organization. Sitting at the ballpark, listening to what he plays the visiting batters as they walk up, and trying to decipher the reference is great fun.


Agreed. Though fun can also be had with recorded music. Like when they played Phil Collins' "I Don't Care Anymore" for Hideo Nomo at Shea. Trevor Hoffman's use of Hell's Bells made for good theater at first but now every football team in the country uses it on 3rd down.

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