Braves Employee Needs You to Help Him Fiddle With His Organ

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Matthew Kaminski has perhaps the peachiest job in baseball: as the Turner Field organist, he gets to sit above the action during 81 Braves games a year and personally pick out songs to play as opposing batters come to the plate. Kaminski's a jazz organist with broad tastes in pop music and an ear that lets him learn a tune after just a couple listens, so don't be surprised when he breaks out the latest Lady Gaga number when Ryan Garko steps to the dish.

Since the former Braves organist hit the bricks in 2004, Atlanta had crappy canned music piped in for four straight seasons but hired Kaminski for the 2009 campaign. He's received rave reviews from all sorts of folks including visiting beat writers and was profiled by Carroll Rogers in the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Kaminski usually chooses the tunes he plays based on wordplay involving the players names but sometimes just goes for the cheap joke, like when he serenaded Mark Teixeira with Radiohead's "Creep". That's just poor taste, Matty. What'd Teixeira ever do to you, except, you know, lead the American League in tater tots a year after leaving the Braves?

Even better, Kaminski has a Twitter account where he takes suggestions from fans:

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Clever! But maybe Kaminski needs some help thinking up some tunes he can noodle around with for some American League players he might encounter next season during interleague. Perhaps "Feels Good" for the White Sox' Jim Thome or "Wig in a Box" for the Tigers' Brandon Inge.


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9 Comments

He played "I Want a New Drug" for Manny a couple weeks ago. Cheap joke? Sure, but when Huey Lewis and the News are involved, everyone wins

What about some Megadeath? I thought Thome was a metal fan.

Homer Bailey had better get "Baby Elephant Walk."

Matthew Kaminski is no Keyboard Cat.

How about "Reunited" by Peaches & Herb for Adam LaRoche?

Good thing the visiting players don't get to pick their own tunes, because who the eff knows how to play shitty nu-metal on the organ?

My suggestion of "Lola" for Manny Ramirez was rejected. As was Sweet's "Little Willy" for Willie Harris. Oh well.
He does do an awesome job though. Fun to play name that tune when you go to the game.

Good thing the visiting players don't get to pick their own tunes, because who the eff knows how to play shitty nu-metal on the organ?

Kaminski will be playing Guy Clark when I come to bat.

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