That's the Way Downloads Go: Now You Can Own Merle Haggard's Ron Washington Song

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I listen to something from this recording of Merle Haggard at the Longhorn Ballroom back in 1982, oh, probably once a week; never do get tired of "Mama Tried" or "Tulare Dust." And I still have that whole series of "That's the Way Baseball Go" T-shirts dating back to the glorious fall of 2010. Just never thought about putting the two together.

Then, I'm not Texas Rangers co-chairman Bob Simpson.

Simpson and wife Janice, along with Jim Hodges and Jackson Yandell of Fort Worth, thought it might be fun to write a song in honor of Rangers skipper Ron Washington, who last night watched Matt Harrison become the fifth pitcher on the team to notch his 10th win of the season -- remarkable. They set their ditty, using Wash's catchphrase, to a familiar song: Merle Haggard's "That's the Way Love Goes." (Which is technically a Lefty Frizzell song. But Hag won the Grammy, so there's that.) Anyway. Because he's Bob Simpson, he done went and got Haggard to perform it, singing lyrics like, "Cloudy days or skies of blue, some you win and some you lose/Losin' makes me sorry, ain't no need to worry/No matter what we love the game, that's the way baseball go."

The song bowed at the Ballpark over the weekend, at which point the Rangers said it'd be available for download on iTunes soon enough, with the proceeds going toward the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. John Blake sends word: It's available now. I bought mine. Catchy like Josh Hamilton.
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EastDallas4Life
EastDallas4Life

Can I buy it somewhere besides iTunes? I'd rather give all the money to the Rangers and not give Apple part of the cut...

Rangers100
Rangers100

"Some days bring sunshine... some days bring raaaaaiiiin..."

Ugh.

This song is horrible.  I hope they pull it from the mix at Rangers games soon.  

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I got it too, but what I'm really waiting on is NWA's remake of Eff the Yankees. POW!

Marvelous Merle's man meat
Marvelous Merle's man meat

Wilonsky, what's up with the sportatorium? Is whitt in vacation or on his way out. 1 cowboys post a day ain't cutting it

me
me

Another post that's better than anything the other RW has posted over in the Sportatorium in weeks.

debbie kearney
debbie kearney

the video that chuck morgan did for this song that they play at the ballpark is pretty good.

Phelps
Phelps

Do the Beliebers know you are cheating on them?

(Bought my copy, BTW.)

The Derelict
The Derelict

who knew you had good taste Wilonsky?  I'd always pegged you as Backstreet or N'Sync type

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

No idea. But you know who might know: joe.tone@dallasobserver.com

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

That's just about the meanest thing anyone's ever said to me.

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