The Baseball Project's third album 3rd is out today via Yep Roc Records. The record features 17 swings at the national pastime with subjects including Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and some of the true characters of the game such as once-beloved fallen star of the Mets and Phillies Lenny Dykstra, and acid-tripping pitcher Dock Ellis (this time recounting his attempt to bean every player in the Reds lineup). Accompanying the album is a new bio written by award-winning journalist Dan Epstein, author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s.
The Baseball Project was 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). The endeavor began as a way for a couple of fans with a shared musical vision to pay tribute to our national pastime. Since then, The Baseball Project has blossomed into a full-fledged, much-loved band in its own right. Zuzu's Petals/Steve Wynn drummer Linda Pitmon and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Mike Mills fill out the official roster of The Baseball Project, an all-star squad whose following and creativity has grown steadily with each release and tour.
The Baseball Project will tour the U.S. this summer, performing as they are uniquely able, at rock clubs and baseball parks alike. Tour dates will be announced soon
From Nails To Thumbtacks
The Day Dock Went Hunting Heads
To The Veterans Committee
They Don't Know Henry
They Are The Oakland A's
Pascual On The Perimeter
The Baseball Card Song
Extra Inning of Love
A Boy Named Cy
The Played Baseball
Take Me Out To The Ballgame
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.