Missing Baseball?


Seems like there are no MLB games scheduled for tonight. It’s been two days since the All-Star game, and the Triple A and Eastern League all-star games were yesterday. So what are we supposed to do tonight?

There are probably chores to do, books to read, or other things that we could be doing. But if you need a baseball fix, why not listen to The Baseball Project? (One of the most awesomest bands ever!) Since the All-Star Game was in Miami, and since Pitbull sang before the home run derby, I figured the Baseball Project’s song about Cuban baseball defectors was appropriate.

Enjoy!

~ baseballrebecca

According to Hank


haaronPortrait“I never doubted my ability, but when you hear all your life you’re inferior, it makes you wonder if the other guys have something you’ve never seen before. If they do, I’m still looking for it.” – Hank Aaron

As I’ve noted before that Hank Aaron is one of my favorite baseball players for a variety of reason. In honor of Black History Month, here’s a one of my favorite songs about him…

~ baseballrebecca

Spring Training in Louisiana


Spring Training is almost here! In anticipation, I’ve included a link to the song, “Spring Training in New Orleans,” by The Baseball Project:

 

The cool thing about The Baseball Project is that they really know their baseball history! So, when did Spring Training take place in New Orleans? According to the Baseball Almanac, several MLB teams held Spring Training in towns across Louisiana between 1902 and 1939, including the St. Louis Browns, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the New York Yankees:

Years Team City
1902-03 Cleveland New Orleans, Louisiana
1903 St. Louis Browns Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1903-04 Detroit Shreveport, Louisiana
1905 Philadelphia Athletics Shreveport, Louisiana
1905-06 Chicago White Sox New Orleans, Louisiana
1907 Chicago Cubs New Orleans, Louisiana
1908 St. Louis Browns Shreveport, Louisiana
1908-09 Philadelphia Athletics New Orleans, Louisiana
1910-11 Cleveland Alexandria, Louisiana
1911-12 Detroit Monroe, Louisiana
1911-12 Chicago Cubs New Orleans, Louisiana
1914-15 Cincinnati Reds Alexandria, Louisiana
1916-17 Cincinnati Reds Shreveport, Louisiana
1916-20 Cleveland New Orleans, Louisiana
1918 St. Louis Browns Shreveport, Louisiana
1920-21 Philadelphia Athletics Lake Charles, Louisiana
1921 Brooklyn Dodgers New Orleans, Louisiana
1921 Yankees Shreveport, Louisiana
1922-24 Yankees New Orleans, Louisiana
1925-27 Boston New Orleans, Louisiana
1925-28 Chicago White Sox Shreveport, Louisiana
1928-39 Cleveland New Orleans, Louisiana
1938-39 New York Giants Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1938-39 Philadelphia Athletics Lake Charles, Louisiana

Of course, Louisiana isn’t the only state that hosted Spring Training prior to today’s Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. Cities from California to Massachusetts have hosted Spring Training, as well as Bermuda, Cuba, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. We’ll look at a few more over the next few weeks as we anxiously await the 2016 season.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Another Baseball Song


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Latin America Stadium, Havana, Cuba (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Havana)

This week we’ve covered MVP Bryce Harper, Cuban Baseball, rap music, and the baseball sociology of music. What better a way to round it all out with a song from the Baseball Project? The song, Hola America, is about Cuban players who defected to the U.S. (a favorite topic of mine). According to the band’s website:

“The emotional documentary about Luis Tiant,’The Lost Son of Havana’, was the catalyst for writing this song. Luis had a great career and became one of the most recognizable and beloved players of his era, but he had to escape from Cuba to make it happen. He left his family and friends behind much like Orlando Hernandez (the story behind the first 2 verses) and others who braved the dangerous journey to the U.S. with no promise of returning. Fame and fortune to be sure, but at a heavy price.”

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

Baseball Music and The Baseball Project


20140721-143945.jpgThe perfect combination of great music and excellent baseball knowledge is really hard to find. Sure, there have been some great songs about baseball. But how many people have put together three albums of historically accurate and socially conscious songs about baseball?

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of seeing The Baseball Project perform live in Washington, D.C. Most folks might think that what makes them a great band is that they are a supergroup made up of members of famous bands, including R.E.M., the Minus 5, the Young Fresh Fellows, and the Dream Syndicate. (The band members are Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, and Linda Pitmon.) However, what makes The Baseball Project so amazing is that they really know their baseball.

For example, included on their most recent album, 3rd, is a song called “The Day That Dock Went Hunting Heads.” The song is about a game on May 1, 1974, between the Dock Ellis’ Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds. It was the first game of the season between the two teams. As The Baseball Project says, the box score tells it all. To fire up his team that day, Ellis hit the first three batters in the Reds’ lineup – Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, and Dan Driessen. Ellis claimed that he tried to hit the next two batters, Tony Perez and Johnny Bench, as well. (As the song goes, “Yeah, it really happened that way.”) After that, Ellis was taken out of the game. Supposedly, Ellis’ plan worked anyway. According to the Baseball Reliquary, “the Pirates snapped out of their lethargy to win a division title in 1974, while the Reds failed to win their division for the first time in three years.” (Or, according to the song, “That was the turning point in the Buccos’ year.”)

Perhaps my favorite song on 3rd, is “Hola America,” which is about one of my favorite topics, Cuban defector baseball players:

Other songs addressing my favorite baseball social concerns include, “Gratitude (For Curt Flood),” “Jackie’s Lament,” and “They Don’t Know Henry.”  And despite the fact that they have no songs specifically about the Orioles, these guys definitely make the list of my favorite teams – or, bands!

~ baseballrebecca