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BURGER BYTES: Braves Organist is One of Few

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The job of an in-stadium organist at baseball games is fast becoming part of our past.

Roughly half of the major league stadiums prefer to pipe in pre-recorded music.  That's not the case at Turner Field in Atlanta.

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Matthew Kaminiski is an accomplished musician, and piano, organ and accordion teacher.  This is his fifth season as organist at Turner Field and the crescendo of his career.

"For seven years before I came along, they were just using piped in, recorded organ music," Kaminski said.

Fans hear Matthew every time at Turner Field.  But he's perched in the press box, so they may not know the man behind the music.

Kaminiski, with his Hammond organ, does his best to make the game day experience unique.  Sure, he plays the traditional baseball songs...

"I'll do a lot of the 'charges', or even chants to get people clapping along with what I'm playing," Kaminski said.

But what separates him from others is the personal touch, it's the jabs at opposing players.

"One I did for a guy named Michael Morse," Kaminski said.  "With one note on the keyboard, I played Morse code, S.O.S.  Then I tried playing Morse code of out for O.U.T."

Kaminiski's job became easier when fans began to follow him on Twitter (@bravesorganist).

"I get the ball rolling first, where I come up with my own suggestions," Kaminski said.  "They all like to chime in with what they want me to play for each player."

And for some fans, Matthew's music is the reason they go "out to the ball game".

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