Ron Cey actually did cut a record once.
The Dodgers’ third baseball sang a couple of country songs, “One Game at a Time” and “Playing the Third Base Bag,” in 1976. The 7-inch record, by Long Ball Records, was co-produced by Jim Campanis, the son of the former Dodgers’ GM Al Campanis and something of a large Dodger player once himself.
“It was done just for fun,” Cey told MLB.com a few years ago. “It wasn’t a ballad. Anyone who thought I was going to pursue a singing career… well, obviously I was not a candidate for ‘American Idol.’”
“Playing the Third Base Bag” came at a time in his career where he was comfortable enough in his own penguin skin to make himself a novety act.
Whether or not the 1981 co- co-World Series MVP (it was divided by three) is among those who show up to Dodger Stadium on Saturday for the national anthem auditions is another story. But you really would, deep down, love to hear Cey sing, “Oh, say, can you see.” Kind of like the anticipation when former shortstop Chin-lung Hu drew a walk so you could hear Vin Scully say, “Hu’s on first.”
One of the folks who go to Saturday’s tryout will be picked to sing the national anthem before the Dodgers-Angels exhibition game at Dodger Stadium on April 3.
There’s no fee to try out. Parking is free. Auditions start at 9 a.m. on the field in front of the Dodgers’ dugout. For more info, and to download the participant waiver, go to www.dodgers.com/anthem. Renditions can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.