(Brandon McCarthy, this one’s for you)
“I stay up to date, but you still have to maintain the organ classics.” So says newly ensconced White Sox organist Lori Moreland, replacement for the legendary Nancy Faust. Though it remains to be seen if Moreland considers the Silver Abuse canon worthy of homage, she hints at her vast repertoire (eg. Taylor Swift, Eminem, traditional baseball favorite Lady Gaga) in a conversation with the North West Times’ George Castle ;
One Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular staple will remain unchanged from predecessor Faust’s 40-year organ tenure: “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)” whenever the Sox chase an opposing pitcher. Faust started playing Steam’s one-hit 1969 wonder on the final weekend of July 1977 in an emotional series against the Kansas City Royals.
“That will stay forever. It’s entrenched in Sox history,” Moreland said. “I think everyone is going to play it a little different. The more I play, the more I get a sense of how they’re singing it and the chanting that goes along with it. It’s probably going to be a little adjustment on my part.”
Blending recorded music with the organ, management uses the former for Sox players. That leaves Moreland leeway in coming up with live tunes for visiting players, in this case the Oakland Athletics:
“You’re probably going to hear a couple of ones for (pitcher) Grant Balfour: either ‘25 6-to-4′ or ‘I’m Looking for a Four-Leaf Clover.’ For Dallas Braden, you’re going to hear ‘Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart.’ For Jerry Blevins, ‘I’m a Believer.’ For Brandon McCarthy, obviously, ‘MacArthur Park.’ For Michael Wuertz, ‘Nine-to-Five.’ Coco Crisp, ‘Copacabana.’ Ryan Sweeney, ‘Sweet Home, Alabama.’ And for Josh Willingham, a little Willie Nelson, ‘On the Road Again,'” she said.