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And also Aaron Boone.

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On the most recent episode of the Viva El Birdos podcast, I asked a pretty silly trivia question in which I asked Heather (and Emily, the random pedestrian we let participate in trivia because she was there anyway) what year certain #1 hit songs came out. The baseball theme was that the songs were #1 when the St. Louis Cardinals won a pennant.

This is a weird bit of trivia that for some reason I care about. Knowing what song was #1 at a certain point is a great way for me to put things in historic context, at least in a pop culture sense.

I mentioned this once on a previous post, but the #1 song when I was born was “Two Hearts”, a mostly forgotten Phil Collins song. For the record, the #1 song when Heather was born was Whitney Houston’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You”, which is much less forgotten. But in the spirit of this weird thing that for some reason I care about, here is the #1 song in the United States when each player on the 2017 roster was born.


Yadier Molina and Seung-hwan Oh: “Don’t You Want Me”—Human League

Eric Fryer: “The Power of Love”—Huey Lewis and the News

Matt Carpenter: “We Built This City”—Starship

Kolten Wong: “Close to You”—Maxi Priest

Aledmys Diaz: “She Ain’t Worth It”—Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown

Jhonny Peralta: “Ebony and Ivory”—Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

Matt Adams: “Monkey”—George Michael

Jedd Gyorko: “Sweet Child o’ Mine”—Guns N’ Roses

Greg Garcia: “Batdance”—Prince

Randal Grichuk: “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”—Bryan Adams

Dexter Fowler: “These Dreams”—Heart

Stephen Piscotty: “Justify My Love”—Madonna

Jose Martinez: “Hold On to the Nights”—Richard Marx

Carlos Martinez: “I Adore Mi Amor”—Color Me Badd

Adam Wainwright: “Endless Love”—Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

Lance Lynn: “(I Just) Died in Your Arms”—Cutting Crew

Mike Leake: “I Think We’re Alone Now”—Tiffany

Michael Wacha: “Rush Rush”—Paula Abdul

Brett Cecil: “On My Own”—Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald

Kevin Siegrist: “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”—Simply Red

Jonathan Broxton: “Time After Time”—Cyndi Lauper

Matthew Bowman: “I Don’t Wanna Cry”—Mariah Carey

Miguel Socolovich: “Invisible Touch”—Genesis

Sam Tuivailala: “End of the Road”—Boyz II Men


Anyway, baseball happens, like, tomorrow, so here’s some actual baseball stuff.

Baseball is imminent. In the meantime, I’m leaving the All-Time Cardinals Bracket championship match open for another two hours, so make your choice between Stan Musial and Bob Gibson. Also, today is the 32nd anniversary of the original publication of the legendary Sports Illustrated profile “The Curious Case of Sidd Finch.” So read that.