Hoping to defy the rule that maintains that songs about baseball tend to stink, a new group calling itself the Baseball Project will be releasing an album called Volume 1: Frozen Ropes And Dying Quails, with all horsehide-related material. The band includes Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Scott McCaughey of the Young Fresh Fellows, although Mike Mills, a big Braves fan, is nowhere to be found. (Hat tip to friend of OPC Joe for this item.)
Song titles include "Satchel Paige Said," "Sometimes I Dream of Willie Mays," "Harvey Haddix," and "Jackie's Lament," which makes this album already pretty dated - where's "The Ballad of Chase Utley"? "Roiding With the King"? "Sometimes I Wish I Were Ryan Spilborghs"? You want to connect with the kids today, you gotta talk their language. How old is Peter Buck anyway? (Fifty-one, actually, not old enough to have conscious memories of Harvey Haddix or Jackie Robinson.)
The newset-sounding title on the track list is "Fernando," which is probably about a certain Dodger lefty from the 1980s, but which we're kinda hoping is a cover of the Abba song, because I bet that would sound good. Volume 1: Frozen Ropes And Dying Quails will be out on July 8.