When I stopped playing, what I missed most were the sounds of the ballpark. For years after I retired, I heard those sounds in my head before I went to sleep.
— Stan Musial
The sounds of the game are unmistakably present every night, in every ballpark. They are unique to baseball; some are loud, some subtle. After sight, hearing is the most acute of the senses. It helps create a fan experience not found in any other sport. Close your eyes and listen, and you can know what stadium you’re in, which team is winning and even which pitcher is dealing.
Roger Clemens once said he loved going to the Astrodome to “listen” to Nolan Ryan warm up in the bullpen before a game, the gunshot sound that Ryan’s 100 mph fastball would make when it collided with the catcher’s mitt.
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