Have you got the 'DL Blues'?
If your favorite major leaguers have had their seasons cut short by injury, The Baseball Project has some sympathy for you in their latest single.
The Baseball Project singer and guitarist Scott McCaughey, who wrote "DL Blues," describes it as "a ramshackle folk tune … dedicated to Dustin Pedroia, Kendry Morales, Stephen Strasburg, Chris Coghlan, Jason LaRue, Andy Pettitte, Vicente Padilla, etc. ad infinitum."
"DL Blues" laments typical game-caused injuries, such as Washington Nationals pitcher Strasburg's unfortunate need for Tommy John surgery. McCaughey sprinkles in mentions of freak accidents suffered by Los Angeles Angels first baseman Morales, who broke his left leg when he slipped on home plate while celebrating his game-winning grand slam in May, and Marlins outfielder Coghlan, who tore the meniscus in his left knee while nailing a teammate in the face with a shaving cream pie to celebrate a winning hit in July.
Not so much breaking your leg jumping on the plate
With every walk-off win your spirits can get mighty high
So I tore my meniscus serving up a shaving cream pie
Got spiked in the face in a brawl, now it's a concussion
And everyone loves a good sports hernia discussion
Every time I hear "out for the season" it just sounds so wrong
And the name you never want to hear: Tommy John
Download 'DL Blues'
Click here for a free download of "DL Blues," the seventh entry in a series of songs The Baseball Project will release each month until November exclusively in ESPN.com's Music in The Life.
Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5, R.E.M., Young Fresh Fellows), Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate, Gutterball, Miracle 3), Linda Pitmon (Miracle 3, Golden Smog) and Peter Buck (R.E.M., The Minus 5) have been making musical commentaries on baseball all season.
The Baseball Project's acclaimed debut, "Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails," can be purchased here.
McCaughey has written dozens of songs, but never one with meniscus, groin, sports hernia, bulging disc, labrum and rotator cuff in it.
"Amazingly, yes, it's true. But I have written a song called 'The Disembowelers,' which apparently isn't even a word. Though I disagree with that," he said via e-mail.
Some slight fantasy baseball frustration was behind the lyrics as well.
"Pedroia and Kendry Morales were draftees that were doing very well for me at the time of their broken bones," McCaughey said. "Mostly though, I'm sad about Stephen Strasburg going under, since he provided a lot of excitement, and hope, this year. That's baseball!"
The song is the latest in the band's season-long Broadside Ballads series of songs that the band is giving away for free all season on ESPN.com. Listen to it in the box at right and download it by clicking here.
Now I'm riding the pine with these ass-sore DL Blues
As a bonus, The Life has included exclusive video footage above of The Baseball Project performing "(Do The) Triple Crown" last month at Maxwell's in Hoboken, N.J. The band's August entry for Broadside Ballads, "(Do The) Triple Crown," captures the excitement surrounding the batting, home run and RBI titles being chased by St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
Jim Wilkie is the editor of The Life and can be reached at email@example.com.
The Baseball Project's Broadside Ballads
ESPN.com's The Life and Yep Roc Records are teaming up to offer free downloads of The Baseball Project's "Broadside Ballads" from March through November.