Recipe for fame: Harvard + sports team + choreographed dance moves + "Call Me Maybe." Starting off as a way to pass the time on a roadtrip, members of the Crimson baseball team decided to cover Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song. Little did they know that their boredom would lead to stardom.
“During our spring break trip, we had a long drive to one of our games, and we didn’t have much to do,” senior Jon Smart said. "'Call Me Maybe' came on my iPod, and we started goofing off.”
According to sophomore Steven Dill, the team often turns to dancing and singing in the car when they have a long road trip.
The group started piecing together a routine, with everybody adding to the choreography.
“We got really into the choreography, and before we knew it, we were having a blast,” Smart said.
“Someone would suggest a move or idea, then we’d argue about it, and try it out,” senior Jeff Reynolds added. “It definitely helped us pass the time.”
Directed and filmed by senior Connor Hulse, the video was uploaded to Facebook and YouTube for their own entertainment.
“It was really just meant to give our teammates in the other vans something to laugh about,” Reynolds explained. “Connor sat on it for a while, then posted it—it blew up, which was a huge surprise.”
Just four days after May 6, when the video was posted on YouTube, the Harvard baseball team has over two million hits, and has enjoyed thousands of comments, retweets, and TV time exposing their choreography, lip-synching ability, and personalities.
Much of the commentary has concerned itself not only with the humor involved, but also the players’ good looks. The stars of the video have had to deal with their newfound fame.
Seniors Marcus Way, the lead of the second verse, and Smart, the lead of the third verse who is now affectionately known as “the wink guy” have received a lot of female attention via Facebook messages, tweets, texts, and yes, phone calls.
“Marcus has probably gotten a hundred marriage proposals and some less appropriate things,” Reynolds said.
The views and comments are climbing on YouTube, all the while drawing more attention to the Harvard baseball team and the charity they support, the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, an organization that supports children with pediatric brain tumors.
First, the team just posted the video, but when they saw it was going viral, they added a link to the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation website.
“We saw it as an opportunity to raise awareness for a great cause,” said Reynolds, who says working with the Foundation has been one of the “more meaningful and cooler things” the team has done.