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Debut of "Rattlin' Bog" at Blue Bell sparks A&M's newest ballpark craze

April 14, 2024
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Ho, ro, the rattlin' bog
The bog down in the valley-o
Ho, ro, the rattlin' bog
The bog down in the valley-o!

Throughout Texas A&M baseball lore, a few legendary debuts come to mind.

Boomer White's first at-bat as an Aggie is the stuff of storybooks. The same goes for Braden Montgomery's.

Ross Stripling's first big league start is still a career highlight.

But this weekend at Blue Bell Park — without warning — a new legend debuted.

Of course, it's "Rattlin' Bog," an Irish folk song that is the latest craze to sweep through Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

"I'd love to say that that's the reason we performed," outfielder Hayden Schott joked postgame on Sunday. "People like to give credit to players and baseball, but everyone knows that there's out-of-realm things that cause wins. Today's an example of that."

"I'd love to say that that's the reason we performed. People like to give credit to players and baseball, but everyone knows that there's out-of-realm things that cause wins. Today's an example of that."
- A&M outfielder Hayden Schott

Played after the Aggies scored a run, the Carlyle Fraser version of the diddy was played over and over as A&M outscored Vanderbilt 36-6 over the weekend.

The dominant debut weekend began with a historic 15-0 run rule on Friday night, during which the Aggies launched five home runs.

But who requested the tune be added to the ballpark's playlist?

That answer should be obvious.

Look no further than Schott and Jace LaViolette.

"We were like, 'Dude, if we got the whole crowd in on that and played it on every run or something, this place would be a boombox,'" Schott said. "Friday night, obviously, we had a great baseball game, but it just added so much to the crowd. Everyone was so loud.

"Now that we won, they can't take it away, so I'm going to have a word with (head coach Jim Schlossnagle) about that. I'll just make sure that he doesn't end this streak."

Schott and LaViolette first had the idea when "Rattlin' Bog" played during warmups at South Carolina's Founders Park.

With Lord Tubbington's behind-the-scenes encouragement, Schott approached Schlossnagle "Shark Tank" style about applying it in Aggieland.

The Aggie skipper — although somewhat begrudgingly — agreed.

"That's one of those things that at 53, 54 years old, you just kind of let them do what they want to do," Schlossnagle said. "I'll just let them have their fun."

The apprehension was not just limited to Schlossnagle.

Even the Olsen Field DJ was "hesitant" when the players made the request.

Kelii Horvath, TexAgs
Schott was 4-for-11 this weekend with an RBI and a double.

But the results speak for themselves.

Needless to say, the song is likely here to say.

Not to mention the weekend's record-setting crowds seem to have quickly latched on.

"After that first night and seeing how loud and awesome the crowd and the team reacted to it, I had high assumptions it would be here to stay," the DJ said. "The fans just want to have a good time, and that's what the song does!"

And at an institution steeped in tradition across all parts of campus, Olsen Field has spawned plenty of new ones in recent years.

In 2022, Pringles were all the rage.

A few years ago, Blue Bell skies were bubble-less. Corbin Martin and Patrick McLendon changed that in 2015.

It appears "Rattlin' Bog" is poised to be the latest — and perhaps greatest — addition to the ballpark.

It might even be Schott's lasting legacy as an Aggie, even if he is hitting an impressive .331 through his first 35 games in Maroon.

"I knew the song," Schott said. "I'd heard it a few times, but not at a baseball field, so it's pretty cool to see that."

The next chance to hear the song while surrounded by bubbles comes Tuesday evening when A&M hosts Air Force.

Just be prepared to also do a little jig.

And also for it to be stuck in your head for the rest of the night.

Ho, ro, the rattlin' bog
The bog down in the valley-o
Ho, ro, the rattlin' bog
The bog down in the valley-o!

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Debut of "Rattlin' Bog" at Blue Bell sparks A&M's newest ballpark craze

25,582 Views | 20 Replies | Last: 1 mo ago by Aggie12B
TempleAg97
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That was a ton of fun! The crowd absolutely loved it! Something else that is a ton of fun? NUMBER ONE Texas A&M Baseball team!
rb94rb
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JUAN!!
One-Eyed Fat Man
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It's a polka, dammit!
94chem
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I would have chosen Slade's Run Away, but 36 isn't too bad of a weekend.
94chem,
That, sir, was the greatest post in the history of TexAgs. I salute you. -- Dough
you moran
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I saw the premium thread. Stick with the "it's both" thing. From what I googled, this irish folk song predates polka.

The Rattlin Bog dates to sometime around the late 1700s but was adapted into polka sometime after Polka was invented in the mid 1800s (some sources say Polka began in 1834 in Bohemia, now a part of Czech Republic and another source adds that "Developing out of a Bohemian folk tradition, polka music and dance were developed in Prague in 1837").

There are many variations of the song as well.

Now I admit I only spent about 5 minutes on this just to see which of you "adament debaters" was correct. So I could be wrong. Lol. Also, I don't know why I care.
94chem
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In central Texas, oompah, polka, zydeco, and tejano are all pretty much the same thing. Like debating the origin of brisket at this point.
94chem,
That, sir, was the greatest post in the history of TexAgs. I salute you. -- Dough
BLSmith04
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This song was so fun this weekend. And sweeping the #6 team in the country 36-6 certainly helps. Hope we keep. playing Rattlin' Bog!
el_guapo
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Keep Rattlin' Bog alive. Hoping Blue Bell comes up with an ice cream called Rattlin' Bog.
Charlie 31
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cs69ag
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Will Rattlin' Bog be a one year thing for this year's team like Pringles
were for the 2022 team?

I guess time will tell.
Aggie12B
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They have Versions of this on youtube with the lyrics on the screen, They should find a way to play that on the scoreboard just in case people haven't learned the words already
BLSmith04
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It's been so stuck in my head since Friday, I've been singing and humming it nonstop
you moran
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And find a version with an irish accent. It's rattlin' not rattling.
Muddobber
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The original may be better since it is so catchy, but someone with some lyric skills could possibly alter the verses to make it Aggie baseball related and then as Aggie 12B mentioned above…they could put the Lyrics on the Board so everyone could learn it………. Someone else could do much better and this is with just a couple of minutes of thought but for example:

Ho, ro, the rattlin' bog
The bog down in the valley-o
Ho, ro, the rattlin' bog
The bog down in the valley-o!


"Run on the board, RBI for the player, with the hit by the bat, from the pitcher on the mound, in the field by the tracks, in the greatest place called Aggieland."

Ho, ro, the rattlin' bog
The bog down in the valley-o
Ho, ro, the rattlin' bog
The bog down in the valley-o!
strbrst777
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This is hilarious!
Sonny Corleone
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Isn't this the Irish version of Green Grass Grows All Around. Or our American version is a knockoff of their Irish version. Love this team (soon becoming my favorite Aggie team ever)

The Mighty Blue Kings GGGAA - great former blues band btw.



trouble
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Same type of song. Rattlin' Bog is a good bit older than Green grass grows all around
BadMoonRisin
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This is def. a Hayden Schott production, and he's going all - in trying to sell it.

Dude is hilarious.
TyperWoods
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I can remember my grandfather (passed away 1979) teaching us grandkids an American version of this song.

Haven't heard it in 40+ years....
Aggie12B
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When I was in Basic training, a couple of the Drill SGTs would do Rattlin Bog as a cadence (of Sorts) and if anyone in the platoon messed it up, the whole platoon had to pushups. We did A LOT of pushups.
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