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We are living in an era of unparalleled musical baseball gifts.
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Isotopes – “The Ballad of Rey Odonez”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAoJoPgVG6M
Slugging Percentage press conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrns1s_893s
Slugging Percentage – Live at Big Whoop Fest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouiM_noZXxA
Slugging Percentage – Live at Berea Fest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W52Qb2ow3kI
Puig Destroyer – “One Mad Five Tools”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHQ7FwJQtN8
Stan Verrett mentions Puig Destroyer’s “One Man, Five Tools”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZigLzORryo
Deion Sanders – “Must be the Money”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEEPVGtwsO8
Bernie Williams – “Take me Out to The Ball Game”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxqo3EmR4Sg
A-Rod slaps Bronson Arroyo’s glove – Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxPNcrvR46Q
Dropkick Murphys – “Tessie”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6EIN3EeE78
Mike Stud – “Batter Up”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWZQWJlTI9Y
Jose Reyes, Voltio, Vakero, Poeta Callejero & Big Mato – “No Hay Amigo”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VorzKV5g498
Omar Vizquel dancing like a hero: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ebl3GFmbzQ4
Omar Vizquel – “Broadway”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0LDuVipdfE
A lot of athletes fancy themselves musicians. But only baseball boasts a growing number of dedicated tribute acts — including an all-star grindcore outfit and a pop-punk band named after Dancing Homer’s favourite team.
We are living in an era of unparalleled musical baseball gifts. Basketball might get the courtside star power and football is football weirdly inclined, you could listen only to music about that sport.
The Isotopes are a Canadian punk band whose songs explicitly detail such crucial minutia as the infield fly rule and the loneliness of players defecting from Cuba. Important lessons for the kids, you know?
Columbus has Slugging Percentage, a two-piece who started a show with one of their mom’s performing the national anthem on the flute and who encourage fans to mosh in a circle around them along the base path the bring to every show. And they have an umpire.
Which brings us to my personal favourite, the Pig Destroyer-referencing tribute to the Los Angeles Dodgers breakout star, Yasiel Puig — Puig Destroyer.
Featuring members of Thrice and Curlupanddie, Puig Destroyer celebrate baseball fights and ask that you “Stop Fucking Bunting” over 220 BPM blast beats. And they made it on to ESPN! So legit!
But you don’t have to stop with bands that are named after baseball players. You can listen to baseball players who are themselves named after baseball players sing about being baseball players, because they are those baseball players.
Neon Deion Sanders released a single album — Prime Time — in 1994. “Must Be The Money” never actually charted, and the album never charted, and even though he was managed by MC Hammer, Prime Time’s music career flatlined quickly. The opposite of Bernie Williams, who’s followed a four-time World Series winning career with the Yankees
with two albums of jazz guitar and a Latin Grammy nomination.
Former Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo released an album of covers called COVERING THE BASES following the team’s 2004 World Series run which included the Fenway victory anthem, Dirty Water — as aided by Johnny Damon, Kevin Millar, and Kevin Youkilis. Damon and Arroyo also contributed to the Dropkick Murphys cover of the OTHER Red Sox victory song, Tessie. Whole lot of victory songs.
And if you prefer your baseball songs a little creamier, Mike Stud used to be Duke’s closer before Tommy John surgery sidelined his career. Now he raps and croons about relief pitching and girls.
All of this is ignoring the non-baseball themed music of guys like Jose Reyes, Scott Radinsky, and Omar Visquel. Okay, we won’t ignore Omar Visquel. This is him covering the Goo Goo Dolls.
Got a favourite baseball band or song or whatever? Let us know in the comments. Subscribe for more This Exists every week, and listen to Puig Destoryer — stop fucking bunting.