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Little boy, in a baseball hat,
Stands in a field, with his ball and bat,
says "I am the greatest, player of them all"
puts his bat on his shoulder, and tosses up his ball.

And the ball goes up, and the ball comes down,
he swings his bat...


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    Jan 13th, 1:36am report

    The little boy is a typical little guy. Always wants to be a winner. He couldn't hit the ball so in his little mind he figured how to win by being the pitcher. The little boy was just doing what little boys do. They try to be the best they can at what ever it is, I know because I was a little boy like that once upon a time.


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    Nov 17th, 2018 11:29pm report

    For sure ,the meaning is this. Most assume that the boy who said Iam the greatest player ever, that he was a great hitter.To paraharse the lyrics said swing, batter strike three your out repeatedly. What you don’t realize the boy was a great pitcher not a great hitter. He was basically striking out the sides.


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    Nov 20th, 2017 11:21am report

    That little boy grew up to be Mark Mcgwire.


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    Dec 8th, 2015 12:07am report

    I see it as the little boy is playing by himself. He is in the field imagining a cheering crowd. It reads "he puts his bat on his shoulder and tosses up the ball". Unable to hit the ball he strikes himself out. He doesn't give up and doesn't get upset when he strikes himself out instead he looks at his great ability to pitch a an out.. I really love the meaning behind this song.


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    Nov 29th, 2015 11:53pm report

    I believe that the song is about a little boy who tried to hit the ball and couldn't.. He kept being struck out. However, not giving up playing baseball he tried pitching and realized that's where he excelled at...PITCHING!!!


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    Oct 2nd, 2014 10:25pm report

    I took it that the song is about a little boy who's is the greatest. That's it !!!!! He kept striking himself out. That's what he meant when he said " even I didn't know I could pitch that good." Great song by kenny!!!


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    Jul 2nd, 2014 7:54pm report

    Having the outlook on life that the glass is always half full. He was not a good batter but he could pitch.


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    May 24th, 2013 5:34am report

    It's about resilience and not giving up.Even if the ball (life) always lets you down,you always strike back with your bat (hope,courage,faith,etc.) And you always say "I didn't know I have passed through all my problems" (I didn't know I could pitch like that)


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    Feb 23rd, 2011 2:13pm report

    Im pretty sure that its not about the boy swinging and miss - the little boy is the pitcher... so as you go through the song, thinking that he is struggling and can't connect with the ball, he's actually the pitcher and he's awesome because he keeps striking everyone out.

    End of the song, "Even I didn't know I could pitch like that"


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    Jul 7th, 2010 7:14pm report

    I thought the song meant that the boy sucked at baseball when he was young, but as he got older he realized there was more than hitting and pitching a ball. There is always the chance you could strike someone out or hit a homerun!

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    Dec 1st, 2009 12:20am report

    This is a meaning full song, and I had the same experiences the boy he is singing about had. I can still remember when I first tried to hit a ball... I to swung the bat all the way around. I tried and tried. To this day I still have confidence I am the best there ever was.

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