“I was working at a recording studio,” recalls the 58-year-old Ramsey. “I thought it was a one and done.”
It wasn't. Not even close.
25 years later, he is still the man behind the music at Bats games. That old organ sound adding an old-time feel at Slugger Field.
“It goes along with everything you hear at a ball park,” said Ramsey. “The vendors barking and the sound of the bat. It should be a live person playing the instrument."
But in a lot of cases these days, there isn't. Many stadiums use pre-produced music from a computer. That's something that doesn't sit well with Ramsey.
“I can respond in real time to the situation. It's different than hunting down a button,” said Ramsey. “That's my take on it.”
But Ramsey's job over the years has evolved from that of a traditional organist. He is responsible for all the in-game music at Slugger field. In addition, he rolls all the video that airs on the scoreboard.
“Someone is directing, 'okay on this half inning, we are going to go with the organ. Then we'll go to the field.' I was able to grow with the technology.”
But what keeps him coming back every night is the thing that brought him to the gig in the first place.
“It's the love of being able to do this,” said Ramsey. “I wouldn't be able to do this anywhere else.”