“Three Blind Mice”

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Yesterday Slate ran a story about the long rich history of ballpark organists playing “Three Blind Mice,” leading to ejections, league directives and very, very upset umpires.

(1) there’s a lot more in there than the two instances I knew of where umpires ejected organists, one earlier this year; and (2) no matter how hard the article tries to give us the umpires’ side of the story on this, I just can’t have any sympathy. How any umpire in the past century can enter the business without knowing full well that the fans are going to be on their ass whether a song incites them to be or not is an utter mystery.