While it's logical to assume that the Vermont-centric members of Phish are most likely members of Red Sox Nation, it remains to be seen if any of the songs the band is currently recording with producer Steve Lillywhite for their new CD will feature any baseball references. But even without them, 2009 is shaping up as a good season for baseball-related music.
Next week will see the digital release of The Homerun EP, a collection of baseball-themed tunes from a variety of acts who all record for Yep Roc Records. Chief among them is The Baseball Project, featuring hardball loving singer-songwriters Scott McCaughey and Steve Wynn, along with REM guitarist Peter Buck. They debuted last summer with Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails, which included song about Hall of Famers like Willie Mays, Ted Williams and Satchel Paige as well as such other notables as Curt Flood, whose legal fight against baseball's reserve system paved the way for free agency, and Harvey Haddix, the Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher who in 1959 hurled 12 innings of perfect ball, only to lose his "imperfect" game in the (aptly unlucky) 13th inning.
Kind of gave new meaning to the term "high and outside."
Here's Snider performing his tribute to Ellis--and Happy Opening Day, everyone.