Lampert a ‘valuable asset’ to Vistas’ success

When asking a teenage boy to pick his favorite song, you’d expect him to choose a tune from his generation. You wouldn’t expect said teenager to say his favorite song was one that debuted well before he was born.

Yet, every time Minot Vistas third baseman Brady Lampert steps to the plate, the 1981 single “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates can be heard over the PA system at Corbett Field. It’s been that way since he selected it as his walk-up song last year.

“I don’t know how to explain it. It’s a great song,” Lampert said. “You can’t go wrong with Hall & Oates. It kind of makes me focused. It’s always been a song I’ve liked and I figured ‘Why not make it my walk-up song?'”

“You Make My Dreams” was recorded in 1979 (16 years before Lampert was born) and was released in 1981 in the group’s ninth studio album, “Voices.” The song peaked at No. 5 on the 1981 U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Aside from serving as Lampert’s walk-up song, “You Make My Dreams” has also been used in recent television shows such as “King of the Hill,” “The Office” and “Saturday Night Live,” as well as on the big screen in “Step Brothers” and “The Wedding Singer.” It was also used in ads for in 2012.

Lampert’s song of choice has paid dividends for him in eight home contests this season. He’s batting 10-for-24 with a home run, a double, six RBIs and nine runs scored at Corbett Field. Lampert has a hit in each of his last seven home games.

“Brady’s very, very athletic,” Vistas coach Todd Larson said. “You saw that in football. He really worked hard from football season to baseball season. He lost a lot of weight. He became very athletic and you can see that in his play.

“Overall, Brady’s a very good athlete, a hard worker. You just have to look at the kid and know that he’s put time in the weight room. He’s a very valuable asset to our team.”

Lampert – a recent graduate of Minot High – played football for the Magicians as well as baseball in the spring and summer. He will play football at Minot State in the fall.

With this being his final few months on the diamond, Lampert is hoping to go out with a bang.

“I want to go out with a state championship and even further,” he said. “I know (Coach Larson) wants to get back there. It’s been awhile. That’s the number one goal.”

The Vistas last won an American Legion state title in 2010.

While football turned out to be Lampert’s sport of choice in college, he said baseball was his favorite growing up, third base being his favorite position.

“Honestly, I’ve never played any position other than third,” Lampert said. “Growing up, I always wanted to play third base.”

As valuable as his physical attributes are to the Vistas, his decision making is just as important. Lampert always stays one step ahead, knowing where to go with the ball in every situation.

It makes life much easier for Larson.

“He’s a heady player,” Larson said. “He’s been here a lot. He played most of the time for us last year for the Vistas. We don’t worry about Brady Lampert. He takes care of things.”

Mike Kraft covers the Minot Vistas and racing during the summer. Follow him on Twitter @MKraft24_MDN.