Fenway Park Organist Taking Requests Daily At 3 P.M.
You can put $ down that someone will request Sweet Caroline. Yes, they will.
Josh Kantor, the organist who plays the keys between batters and innings at Fenway Park in Boston has a new daily gig going during this pandemic, and he calls it 7th-Inning Stretch.
Every day at 3 he fires up the organ and plays just about every song on the planet, from songs by The Police to old standards like Take Me Out To The Ballgame. He's been doing it since what would have been opening day for the Red Sox back in early April.
He really is quite versatile, and seems to be able to figure out just about every song requested. When a song is requested that he hasn't played before, you'll hear him hum a few bars to himself before beginning the song itself.
The room at home looks comfortable and is filled Red Sox memorabilia, books, figurines, and even a cake under glass during a particular 7th-Inning Stretch. To add to things, you may find his wife, Mary, dressed in costume and dancing to the music. Both he and Mary will acknowledge who is commenting during the broadcast on Facebook Live, which is also quite interesting.
Josh will remind folks from time to time that there's a FeedingAmerica.org sign behind him and to feel free to donate to your local food pantry. When he sees online that someone has donated, he'll play them a quick fanfare.
Showtime is 3 p.m. today, the next day, and the day after that as well. It makes you long for baseball at Fenway Park, and it's well worth checking out.