Is there a better band to feature on Opening Day than one that calls itself The Baseball Project?
Just in time for the new season, the side group that features Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3) and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M.) has teamed up with ESPN’s The Life to chronicle the 2010 season by writing/recording a song each month until November, making them available as part of a package called Broadside Ballads – songs about specific events that happen during the season.
I loved The Baseball Project’s 2008 debut, Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails, an album steeped in baseball’s rich history and quirky characters. And this new idea of a rolling soundtrack for the season has amazing potential.
The first track, released in March, is called All Future and No Past, a song that captures the misguided hope and delusions of grandeur that spring can bring. (As a Cubs fan, I know a little something about this.) “At this point, everybody has a chance,” sings McCaughey, inspired by a quote from Indians Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau, who once said, “On Opening Day, the world is all future and no past.”
ESPN says a new song will be ready for release around Opening Day, so we can expect the second installment very soon. Until then, I’m renewing my dreams of a Cubs victory in the World Series.