Baseball's Rendition of "Call Me Maybe"

Published by E. Benjamin Samuels on May 07, 2012 at 3:12AM

On the open road, all of us find different ways to kill time. Some of us sleep, others read, still others incessantly nag the driver with a regular chorus of “are we there yet?”

But Harvard baseball has taken road-trip entertainment to the next level.

Few things are as American as baseball and road trips. Throw Kevin Costner in there, and you’re basically two-thirds of the way to a blockbuster feature film.

Add “Call Me Maybe?” Not exactly what Steinbeck or a grizzled baseball veteran might have in mind for the great American highway.

Earlier today, a member of the team posted a video to YouTube of one of the vans offering its rendition of Harvard’s latest party-music obsession. You can check out the clip above, but for those of you who don’t have three minutes and 18 seconds to spare, here’s a rundown:

Lip-synced verse. More players emerge. Simple, synchronized dance move. Repeat.

All year, Crimson Sports follows Harvard’s 41 varsity teams, and we develop a pretty good sense of the on-field dynamic. But it isn’t often that we get a behind-the-scenes look like the baseball team has given us.

To that end, here’s some things The Back Page has learned about Harvard baseball:

1) There are at least nine players in the van (assuming the videographer is on the team). There are 33 players listed on the official roster. Evidently none of them has any past experience in choreography. As much as we like the right-arm-left-arm-cross-arm move you were doing, would it have killed you to mix it up every once in a while?

2) Their knowledge of the lyrics is damn impressive.

3) To Jack Colton: How do you sleep through that?

Baseball team, we hope you had a good time putting the video together, and thank you for the much-needed finals period entertainment.