I love this song. This is a pretty spirited live version with Van being backed up by Carlos Santana, George Benson, Dr. John, Tom Scott and Etta James.
YouTube wouldn't let me embed the video but here's the link.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in spring, when everything else begins again, and blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then, just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops."
- Bart Giamatti
Check this on The Baseball Card Blog