10/19/2005: Since I can't be at Busch Stadium tonight....
all I can do is point y'all to this Riverfront Times feature on legendary Busch Stadium organist Ernie Hayes:
All great musicians have their quirks. Beethoven, his paranoia. Vivaldi, his arrogance. Tchaikovsky, his headstrong impetuosity. Bach, his temper.
And St. Louis Cardinals organist Ernie Hays, his notorious potty mouth.
"What's better than a rose on your piano?" he asks. "Tulips on your organ!"
Then: "You know why I prefer the piano to the organ? All the damn foot pedals get in the way of the blowjob!"
No doubt about it, Ernie Hays has a great gig going. After all, asks Hays, "How many people get paid to play with their organ?" [In public, yet! --LRC]
These days, very few. Just half of the 30 American major-league ballparks continue to employ a full-time organist, making Hays an endangered species.
Len on 10.19.05 @ 08:18 PM CST