Should we change it up with Hoffman...
Or cut(ter) it up with Rivera...
How about neither? We're going to take our off to one of the original handlebar mustachio'd "closers," Goose Gossage.
The man epitomized the closer role. He had the fastball, the perfect name and most importantly, the pristine mustache. A man who anchored his bullpen before lefty specialists and the 'hold' statistic.
inspired by "The Closer" by The Baseball Project.
Our very own Scott McCaughey (Los Gigantes) will be participating in a live chat on ESPN.com this Wednesday at 5pm eastern.
Send in your Baseball Project or baseball related questions here and make sure to join Scott on Wednesday at 5pm!
Darren Daulton was my favorite baseball player when I was 8 or 9 years old. Back then he was scruffy and buff yet kind of handsome (for a guy with a mullet) and an inspiration to the clubhouse and his fans.
Then he got old, got a DUI, beat his wife and "time traveled" (see here). He recently did a book signing at a place called the Chicken Coop. His book is about metaphysics, numerology and chatting with plants and animals. (buy it right here).
Isn't it great when the people you used to look up to turn out to be total weirdos?
See also: Wikipedia
- the female third of Rocpile
Oh, and listening the Baseball Project album, of course.
Yesterday was the 105th anniversary of the death of Big Ed Delahanty, the hall-of-famer who died in his prime after having a run in with the majestic
So pour one out for our fallen friend this Independence Day weekend and celebrate the life of one of baseball's best, Big Ed Delahanty.
THE DEATH OF BIG ED DELAHANTY
from Vol. 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails
(My brother wrote a poem –I bastardized it and blended it and put a beat to it, and now Big Ed’s mysterious death can be discussed, fantasized, danced to. I’m sure he deserves all the above. One thing seems quite certain: the days of the boozing and brawling ballplayers are mostly behind us, no slight to the occasional throwbacks like David Wells, a man mentioned twice elsewhere on this album.)
Sometimes, hungover, he might lose a pop fly in the glare of the
In July 1903 he was hitting .333; for him that was a little bit under par. On the 2nd he jumped the team and jumped a train from
The night watchman said he’d seen a man, ended up wearing his bowler hat; he heard a splash but he didn’t see him fall. For a week no one found a clue of him. What good’s it do to question death when it makes a bad call? But I don’t think he killed himself. I think some strange notion drew him to
Yes, it's true. The Baseball Project will be featured on This Week In Baseball this weekend.
Here is what mlb.com had to say about the upcoming episode:
In the "Baseball Is..." segment, TWIB will profile a band called The Baseball Project, a group of artists brought together by their love of baseball. They created a CD entirely devoted to the sport, which includes a song about Harvey Haddix's 1959 perfect game that turned into a loss in the 13th inning with a rhyming chorus naming all 17 pitchers to throw a perfect game in baseball history.
The show will close out with The Baseball Project's song "Past Time" providing the sound track for the great plays and bloopers reel in "How 'Bout That."
I know it's the Rogers Centre now but it'll always be the Sky Dome to me. Thank god the roof was open, the tickets cheap ($9), and three quarters of the Baseball Project were in the house! I was only able to stay for four innings before heading for sound check at the Molson Amphitheatre, but Steve and Linda stayed on for the Canadian version of Our National Pastime. I left just after seeing an incredible play by Jays catcher Rod Barajas, reaching around the screen behind home plate to snag a foul pop off the bat of Melvin Mora. What I didn't see was Mora getting ejected for arguing the legality of the play, apparently. Blue Jays rallied to beat the Orioles 5-4, and it looked like Vernon Wells of old after a stint on the DL. Always a joy to watch Roy Halladay work, even on an abbreviated stay at the park. - Scott
There was a Braves game that night and two lanes were closed on I-85 near Turner Field. Thankfully by the time Scott was done rocking with R.E.M., the Braves had already completed their ninth inning comeback victory over the Mariners so most traffic headaches were avoided this time. - Rocpile
Brooklyn Vegan also had some nice things to say about the new record.
Bugs and Cranks posted an interview with the Baseball Project's Steve Wynn. Keep reading the rest of their blog too. It's a new favorite here at the Baseball Project.