Warning: Don’t look at the Rays’ lineup unless you want a song stuck in your head

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria’s status as cleanup hitter is one of the things that let this magic happen. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

That song would be the 1980’s classic “867-5309/Jenny,” by … can you name this one-hit wonder act? If not, answer below! Or, you could just watch the clip from mlb.com with the sound on.

Note for those who don’t get the relationship between the numbers and the players: Each position on a baseball field gets a specific number (not to be confused with the number on a given player’s jersey). 1 is the pitcher; 2, catcher; 3, first base; 4, second base; 5, third base; 6, shortstop; 7, left field; 8, center right field; and 9, right center field. You don’t see ‘1’ in the Rays’ lineup because pitchers don’t bat in American League games. So the ‘0’ belongs to the designated hitter, in this case Vince Belnome, who doesn’t have a fielding position. Get it? Got it? Good.

And now for the trivia answer:

Good luck getting that out of your head.

Oh, and the Rays came SO close to wonderfully living up to Tommy Tutone’s example. But they managed to notch two hits in a loss to Detroit.

This former editor and part-time writer at The Post is now happy to prove that if you combine 'blowhard' and 'blaggard,' you get 'blogger.' He previously had used 'Desmond Bieler' as his byline, but feels that shortening the first name to 'Des' nicely conveys his ever-decreasing gravitas. He also covers Fantasy Football.



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Des Bieler · July 3, 2014