Anybody who is a fan of baseball can tell you that it is a unique sport.
As George Carlin pointed out, there are things in baseball that are just bizarre to a point that it makes our love affair grow, as opposed to the violent, war-like conditions of football.
Another thing that baseball is great for is poetry. It seems like there are thousands of scribes who have written about the game of baseball and described all its quirks, such as the greenest grass you'll ever see paired with sky blue enough to make you think that you've died and gone to heaven.
The poetry doesn't end with simple limericks, though. Baseball has produced songs that have been drilled into our brains decades after they've been composed.
There are several things that go into a great baseball song.
First, it needs to stand the test of time. If your grandchildren are singing a song that made you think of baseball as a kid, it has already sealed its iconic status.
Second, it needs to make you feel like you're at a baseball game. Baseball songs have a certain warmth to them that describe the game perfectly. If it's done right, you either think you're there or have a sudden desire to run to your nearest ballpark.
Finally, it needs to be catchy. Anybody can write a rap song about Joe Mauer, but does that mean it's worthy of the same Hall of Fame status that the Minnesota Twins catcher will receive at the end of his career? Not if it's one strung-together blur.
Here are 10 baseball-inspired songs that capture all of these elements.