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.
"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!"
"DL Blues" is the sixth entry in The Baseball Project's season-long Broadside Ballads series of songs that the band is giving away for free on ESPN.com's The Life. Read more here: sports.espn.go.com/espn/thelife/music/news/story?id=5567621