ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington was at home plate with club co-chairman Bob Simpson and his wife, Janice, as the public address system played "That's the Way Baseball Go," recorded by country music legend Merle Haggard.
Simpson and his wife had the idea to modify Haggard's Grammy Award-winning No. 1 hit "That's the Way Love Goes," and the Simpsons, with assistance of Jim Hodges and Jackson Yandell of Fort Worth, wrote the new lyrics for "That's the Way Baseball Go."
Washington laughed and clearly got a kick out of his famous line being used in a song by Haggard. The Simpsons wanted it to be a tribute to the Rangers manager, who led the club to the franchise's first World Series appearance in 2010. The Simpsons presented Washington with a framed copy of the original lyrics during a pregame ceremony.
The song will be available for download in the near future. The Simpsons' share of the proceeds from the downloads will go to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.