Texas Rangers: Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard's Wash tribute now available

August, 8, 2011
8/08/11
8:33
PM CT
That’s the Way Baseball Go, a new song dedicated to Rangers manager Ron Washington, is now available for download on iTunes.

The song, which was introduced on Friday night at Rangers Ballpark, is a modification of the 1983 Merle Haggard Grammy Award-winning No. 1 hit, That’s the Way Love Goes, and was the idea of Texas Rangers co-chairman Bob Simpson. Simpson and his wife, Janice, with the assistance of Jim Hodges and Jackson Yandell of Fort Worth, wrote the lyrics to That’s the Way Baseball Go. The song was recorded by Merle Haggard last month at his ranch in Redding, CA.

Mr. and Mrs. Simpson provided all of the funding for the production of the song and undertook the project as a tribute to Washington and all Rangers fans.

The Simpsons’ share of the proceeds from the downloads will go to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. Information can also be found ontexasrangers.com/foundation.

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.

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