Saturday, August 11, 2018

Subterranean Homeplate Blues


During a recent trip to London, I found the location where Bob Dylan filmed his video for “Subterranean Homesick Blues” in 1965.  

So I held up a blank sheet of paper and my son took a picture of me standing on the historic spot. Inspired by Dylan's word "BASEMENT" from the start of the video, I later added the word “BASEBALL” to my blank page via Photoshop because … everything relates back to baseball. ;-) 

Well, it turns out that Dylan is indeed connected to the National Pastime. He's a huge baseball  fan. In the early 1960's he was a Roger Maris fan. And in 1975, he penned a song about pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter. 

Dylan wrote:

“Reggie Jackson at the plate
Seeinnothin’ but the curve
Swing too early or too late
Got to eat what Catfish serve

Catfish, million-dollar-man

Nobody can throw the ball like Catfish can.”

Pretty cool. 

So, if you are a Bob Dylan fan (or a baseball fan like him) and ever find yourself in London, I encourage you to go behind the Savoy Hotel, locate the Savoy Steps and take in the historic site.