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    25 March 2014
    New album "3rd" out now

    The Baseball Project's new album 3rd is out today, March 25, and available in our store.

    Also on iTunesAmazon and from Yep Roc Records.

     

    Track Listing:

    01. Stat

    02. From Nails To Thumbtacks

    03. Hola America!

    04. 13

    05. The Day Dock Went Hunting Heads

    06. To The Veterans Committee

    07. Monument Park

    08. Box Scores

    09. They Don't Know Henry

    10. The Babe

    11. They Are The Oakland A’s

    12. Pascual On The Perimeter

    13. The Baseball Card Song

    14. Extra Inning of Love

    15. Larry Yount

    16. A Boy Named Cy

    17. They Played Baseball

    18. Take Me Out To The Ball Game

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    25 January 2014
    Todos Santos Show

    Opening the Town Square show.

    (Con Alex Gonzalez de Los Twin Tones.)

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    26 December 2013
    The Hot Stove Cool Music Concert

    The Baseball Project is excited that the planets have aligned in early 2014, and we finally get to take part in the Hot Stove Cool Music Concert, the legendary annual baseball and music fundraiser shindig, created by Peter Gammons for The Foundation To Be Named Later.  

    We'll be performing as well as numerous other luminaries like Joan Osborne, Tanya Donelly, Bill Janovitz, Gammons himself, etc.  
    The party takes place at the venerable Paradise in Boston, Jan. 11, from 5:30 - 11 p.m.  
    We've been hearing about this event for years, and oft-invited, but truly jazzed that the Baseball Project will make the scene this time!  

    For tickets and more info: http://www.foundationtobenamedlater.org/

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    10 October 2013
    It's that time of year again...

    Time for the best to face off in quest of a ring and Wheaties box, and time for the Baseball Project to announce that they're in the final stages of adding yet another compelling batch of timeless (or at least 'timely') songs to their sporty cannon. Yes, another record of original songs about baseball.  Nothing less and a little bit more, in fact.

    This time around we managed to corral our longtime pal and bandmate Mike Mills to join us for recording, filling out our roster at 5 starters - Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, Linda Pitmon, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills. Once again we utilized the top notch recording facilities at The Type Foundry in the bike-friendly hamlet of Portland, OR., and teamed up as usual with studio engineer and fellow baseball junkie, Adam Selzer. 

    You're going to have to wait until Spring Training to hear this latest batch of goodness (available on Yep Roc Records March 30, 2014), but in the meantime you should root around this site and listen to all the old favorites from "Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails" and "High and Inside".  You could also watch video of us singing the National Anthem at Fenway or playing on Letterman, and maybe purchase a t-shirt and look at pictures of us eating glorious diner food and getting stuck in the desert on our way to Spring Training in 2011.

    We look forward to unveiling Volume 3 -  you will laugh, you will cry, you will make some bad moves on your Fantasy Teams...this we can guarantee.  In the meantime, we are glued to our televisions, computers, and radios (in some cases, all at once) as we watch this year's October drama unfold.  Pass the peanuts and grab a PBR.....this one's gonna get good!

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    14 August 2013
    Tired Pony

    In related news, Scott's adventure with the multi-national conglomerate Tired Pony continues.  

    Read all about it at the new website: 

    www.tiredpony.com

     

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:20
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Friday, 24 October 2014 01:31
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:20
@TonyPierceKC @Royals A KC song is a fine idea - esp after the blast show we had there in the summer. You do have Lorde's "Royals" though!
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:19
Getting geared up for more Torture tonight. What a wild postseason. Here's to two great underdogs for making it this far!
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:15
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Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:23
Prediction: Struggling A's and Giants, behind clutch lefties, both advance from Wild Card games.
Monday, 29 September 2014 11:31
RT @Bill_Veeck: Last day of the season. Saddest day of the year? baseball
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Check out this fine new interview with awesome Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper! http://t.co/jOM9047Bl6
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    Scott McCaughey (Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Bass, Percussion, SF Giants)

    Steve Wynn (Vocals, Guitars, New York Yankees)

    Linda Pitmon (Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Minnesota Twins)

    Peter Buck (12- and 6-string Guitars, Fender VI Bass, Banjo, Washington Senators)

    Mike Mills (Bass, Vocals, Atlanta Braves)

     

    "That’s the true harbinger of spring,” legendary baseball impresario Bill Veeck once opined, “not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on the ball." This year there’s another welcome sign that spring is on the way, that baseball is about to resume its rightful place on the national stage, and that all will once again be right with the world: the new album from The Baseball Project, 3rd, hits the streets a week before the opening day of the 2014 season.

    Formed in 2007 by Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, R.E.M.) and Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, Gutterball), The Baseball Project began as a way for a couple of fans to pay musical tribute to our national pastime — and maybe score some free baseball tickets in the process. But The Baseball Project has since blossomed into a full-fledged, much-loved band in its own right, one which currently includes drummer Linda Pitmon (Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, Zuzu’s Petals) and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Mike Mills on its official roster, and one whose following and creativity has steadily grown with each release and tour. Along with 17 ace new songs about baseball, 3rd also showcases the band’s musical muscle in ways that 2008’s Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails and 2011’s Volume 2: High and Inside only hinted at.

    “I think this album most represents us as a rock band,” says Wynn. “Both how well we play together, and how long we’ve been playing together in The Baseball Project and in other configurations over the past 30 years. You can really feel it on this record — baseball or no baseball, it’s just a good rock record.”

    3rd is a damn fine rock record, one which approaches the grand old game from a variety of intriguing angles. True legends of the game (“The Babe,” “They Don’t Know Henry,” “A Boy Named Cy”) share the lineup alongside humorous and heartfelt salutes to lesser-known players like “Pascual on the Perimeter,” which recalls the time Atlanta Braves pitcher Pascual Perez got lost on the way to a game at his own team’s ballpark, and “Larry Yount,” which salutes the older brother of Hall of Famer Robin Yount, who hurt himself throwing a warm-up pitch during his first and only MLB appearance. 

    Those with less than savory legacies are present on 3rd, as well. World Series hero and convicted felon Lenny Dykstra gets nailed in “From Nails to Thumbtacks,” while “13” skewers disgraced slugger Alex Rodriguez, and “They Played Baseball” rattles off a whole rogues gallery of major league stars with all-too-human foibles. 3rd contains songs written from the perspective of the stat geek (“Stats,” where the lyrics consist entirely of legendary baseball numbers), the collector (“The Baseball Card Song”) and the diehard Dale Murphy fan (“To the Veterans Committee”). There’s even a song about that infamous 1974 game where Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis tried to bean the entire Cincinnati Reds lineup (“The Day Dock Went Hunting Heads”).

    “We don’t have any rules about what constitutes a baseball song,” McCaughey explains. “It can be anything from a character study of an obscure guy from the 1920s, to something that just happened, to something completely ridiculous like ‘Extra Inning of Love,’ which takes the baseball-as-love metaphor and tries to stretch it as far as it will go. They can be fictional songs or non-fictional songs. The great thing with baseball is, we’ll never run out of things to write about!”

    3rd ends with a rousing version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” the Tin Pan Alley classic that The Baseball Project has performed during numerous seventh-inning stretches at major and minor league ballparks across the country. While McCaughey's not sure what actual present-day players think of the band, The Baseball Project has found a deeply receptive audience amongst baseball writers, broadcasters and team executives.

    “A lot of the assistant GMs or PR people for baseball teams are of the age where they could have been fans of The Dream Syndicate or the Fellows or R.E.M.,” explains McCaughey. “Over the years, they’ve gotten up to having a cool job, and they hook us up. It’s panned out pretty well,” he says, citing behind-the-scenes tours at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Boston’s Fenway Park among his favorite Baseball Project-related experiences.

    “We have a lot of fun in this band,” adds Wynn. “All five of us have had plenty of thrills in music over the years, and experienced things we couldn’t have imagined when we were twenty years old, but this band is a whole different thing. When I was making music in the basement as a kid, I had thoughts of maybe someday playing the Whisky A Go Go, or getting played on the radio — but I never imagined getting to throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field!”

     

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  • The Baseball Project on The Late Show with David Letterman, June 2008


    The Baseball Project sings the National Anthem at Fenway Park


    The Baseball Project Behind the Scenes Recording Squidbillies Theme Song


    The Baseball Project at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, April 2012


    Steve Wynn throws the first pitch


    The Baseball Project on EXTRA

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