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The Baseball Project Music- To The Veteran’s Committee

I’ve been listening to The Baseball Project music for awhile now. I have their first 3 albums on CD and I absolutely love them all. But one song stands out more than the others to this Atlanta Braves fan, To The Veteran’s Committee.

If you are not familiar with The Baseball Project, first of all where have you been? Secondly, they are made up of some of the greatest musicians of our time. So let’s do a rundown of the band before we get into my favorite song of theirs.

Scott McCaughey (Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Bass, Percussion, SF Giants) – Most notably McCaughey worked with R.E.M. for nearly 2 decades. He is also a singer and songwriter for The Young Fresh Fellows and The Minus 5.

Steve Wynn (Vocals, Guitars, New York Yankees) – He led the band The Dream Syndicate for nearly a decade in Los Angeles before he went onto a solo career. He went on to record with Steve Wynn and The Miracle Three and in the 90s Gutterball.

Linda Pitmon (Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Minnesota Twins) – Drummer and wife of Steve Wynn, Pitmon has appeared with different artists including Steve Wynn and The Miracle Three and Zuzu’s Petals.

Peter Buck (12- and 6-string Guitars, Fender VI Bass, Banjo, Washington Senators) – Co-founder and lead guitarist for R.E.M. Buck has appeared with many other groups and side projects including Hindu Love Gods, The Minus 5, and Tired Pony. He also has been a successful record producer.

Mike Mills (Bass, Vocals, Atlanta Braves) – One of the founding members of R.E.M. Mills has continued to record and contribute to other artists works. He played piano on a single released by Drive-By Truckers member, Patterson Hood,  in protest to a Wal-Mart being built in Athens, Georgia.

So back to the music.

My favorite song of theirs is To The Veteran’s Committee, which is a song about my all-time favorite player Dale Murphy. It is basically a plea to the committee to elect Murphy to the Hall of Fame, a feat I would love to see in my lifetime. In the song, which I have a feeling has a lot of Mike Mills behind it as a Braves fan, the group gives some reasons why they would like to see Murphy in the Hall of Fame. These include even taking shots at Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

They also go over some of his stats including his 398 home runs talking about how 400 is the magic number, or at least it was around the time of his retirement not to mention his 2 NL MVPs and 5 Gold Gloves. While admittedly Murphy is a borderline Hall of Famer, he remains my favorite player of all-time and I would love to see him get in one day. He personifies what it is to be a member of the hall. He was loved by fans, never got in trouble, never used PEDs, and put up impressive numbers. And while I do understand that the hall is about what happens on the field, I admit to be a bit biased.

You can check out the band at The Baseball Project. There you can see where they might be performing or purchase their music. If you are a baseball fan, I don’t think you will regret picking up a CD or two from them. I plan on sharing more of their music in the coming weeks because they sing about some interesting people and stories from the game.

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Looking for Songs about Baseball Teams – Send Us Your Favorites

I am looking to put together some of the best team specific baseball songs. So if you have some favorites, let us know.

Just let us know what the title is and who the group/singer is as well.

You can reply with a comment here on this post, hit us up on Twitter @BaseballdeWorld, or even email us by going to the Contact Page.

Thanks for your help.

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The Colorful Montreal Expos and Some Great Music

I just finished watching a short MLB Network show on The Colorful Expos which detailed, in an hour anyway, the history of the franchise. What a ride that hour was.

I was too young for Blue Monday, but seeing the heartbreak on the fans and players faces was hard to see knowing now that they would never come that close again.

One thing I do remember well was 1994. I grew up an Atlanta Braves fan, so I knew all too well how great, not good but great, that 1994 Montreal Expos team was. It was loaded, but we never got the chance to see that team make a run at a World Series title.

Looking back that team was stacked. They had power – 6 players with more than 10 home runs. They had speed – 7 players with more than 10 stolen bases. They had Larry Walker, Moises Alou, Cliff Floyd, Marquis Grissom, Rondell White, Ken Hill, Pedro Martinez, John Wetteland, and Mel Rojas. Up and down the lineup and from starters to bullpen they were good.

But by 1995, they were done. They were back to 66-78 and 5th place in the NL East. Gone were Walker, Grissom, Hill, and Wetteland. The magic was gone from the great ’94 run never to be seen in Montreal again unfortunately.

But the thing that stood out most from the show was the end when they showed hip-hop artist Annakin Slayd who has recorded several songs about the Expos over the years. That is what I want to share today.

The first one is my favorite. This is about the Expos history and the song they played in the show tonight. Enjoy.

But that is not all he has done. He also has a really cool song about “The Kid” Gary Carter who was a fan favorite and one of the greatest catchers of all time. So here you go with Kid by Annakin Slayd.

Lastly Annakin Slayd wrote a song about the 1994 season called ’94 Fall.

I’d love to hear which of these songs is your favorite. Personally, I love the first one – Remember. Hit us up on Facebook or Twitter and let us know.

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Top 10 Baseball Songs

Whether you are a Cubs fan who has waited a lifetime to see a championship or a spoiled Yankee fan, there is one thing that everyone can enjoy about baseball, the music. Luckily for us, there is a lot of songs about the great game.

I have searched high and low trying to find my 10 favorite songs.  I hope you enjoy these, and if there are others I may have missed please let me know.  I am always looking for more great music.

Number 10

Catfish by Bob Dylan*

Dylan is a rock legend.  Here he sings about Hall of Fame pitcher Catfish Hunter.

* I could only find a cover of this on YouTube

Number 9

Nolan Ryan (He’s a Hero to Us All) by Jerry Jeff Walker

Jerry Jeff is a Texas legend.  Here he writes about yet another legend from the Lone Star State.

Number 8

Bill Lee by Warren Zevon

The song is short, but it’s a great one about one of the most interesting men to ever play the game.

Number 7

Joltin Joe DiMaggio by Les Brown Orchestra

This is one I remember as a kid.  Sure it came out in 1941, but it’s a classic baseball song and no list of mine would be without it.

Number 6

Say Hey by The Treniers

This is another classic I can remember listening to as a kid.  Plus it’s about one of the most gifted players to ever grace the field.

Number 5

A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request by Steve Goodman

Two-time Grammy winner Steve Goodman grew up in Chicago.  He is better known for writing songs like “City of New Orleans” or “You Never Even Call Me By My Name”, but Goodman penned this classic song about a dying Cub’s fan.

Number 4

Glory Days by Bruce Springstein

This song just screams summer to me.  Plus now that I am older, I can understand the song much better.  I have had those moments of remembering the glory days. And I too know a guy from high school that could throw that speed ball by you and make you look like a fool.

Number 3

Talkin’ Baseball by Terry Cashman*

This is by far my favorite song from when I was a kid.  Written in 1981 it details the history of baseball from the 1950?s to 1980.  It’s great to hear a lot of the names I only grew up reading about or seeing highlights of.  Plus it’s such a catchy tune.  After the song became such a hit, individual team songs were done but nothing tops the original.

* I couldn’t find the Talkin’ Baseball song on YouTube so I figured I would show you the next best thing – Talkin’ Softball from one of the greatest Simpson’s episodes.

Number 2

Cheap Seats by Alabama

One of my favorite all-time bands singing about minor league baseball.  It doesn’t get much better than this.  As I have gotten older and been able to travel more, I have a greater appreciation for minor league ball.  In fact, I love it.

Number 1

Centerfield by John Fogerty

There isn’t another song that gets me more pumped up to see a baseball game than this one.  It’s one of the few songs where if I hear the first few notes, I have to hear the whole song.  Even as I sit here today listening to the song, I am wanting to get out and throw the ball around.  Maybe I’ll head for the batting cages instead.

Honorable Mention

The Isotopes are a punk rock band that have some great songs about baseball. They have release three EPs and there are a few classics hidden in there including the Ballad of Rey Ordonez.

Songs in their own stratosphere

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Without question this song belongs on any list about music and baseball.  Hearing this at Wrigley also has some extra special meaning. My favorite version is from the soundtrack of the Emerald Diamond sung by a group called Whiskey On a Sunday.

The Star Spangled Banner – I still get goose bumps when I hear this at a ballgame and nothing upsets me more when people don’t pause when it is playing.  We owe everything to those who fight for our freedom, including being able to watch baseball.

God Bless America – This has fast become a regular at games now during the 7th inning stretch. I love this new tradition and hope it stays for years to come.

These three songs belong on any list, but they are in their own category.  Together they are the greatest combination of music for baseball and they belong on a list of their own.

So what are your favorites.  I would love to hear what songs you enjoy.

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