Monument Park - The Baseball Project

from the album 3rd (2014)

Bernie Williams played center field for the New York Yankees.  Here he stood on perhaps the most hallowed ground in the sport.  He was outstanding, winning championship after championship.  However, standing in that spotlight there are also the looming shadows of those who came before him.  Men like Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio.  As great as he was, he would never be that great.

The song Monument Park is a tribute to Bernie Williams, released just in time for Opening Day by the alternative supergroup The Baseball Project.  With Steve Wynn of Dream Syndicate standing at the center microphone, this album's lineup includes such rock luminaries as Peter Buck and Mike Mills of REM.

The song has a great flare, reminiscent of The Byrds playing My Back Pages.  Here is the chorus:

As I glide between the statues
Slide between the stones
I'm standing in the field
But I'm standing here alone
Whistling past the graveyard
Long after dark
Singing la-la-la-la-la
Out in Monument Park

I really dig the references to Bobby Murcer and John Fogherty's Centerfield.  I also dig the reference to George Steinbrenner in the last verse.

This album is a treasure for the baseball fan, with songs detailing things like The Day Dock Went Hunting Heads - a telling of the great Dock Ellis acid trip - and 13, a song about Alex Rodriguez and his issues.  There is even a rocking rendition of Take Me Out To The Ballgame.

It is wonderful to hear a baseball song played lovingly by true fans.

Click Here to watch the band perform Monument Park live.

Click Here to listen to the album version.

Comments

  1. Steve Wynn's band was Dream SYNDICATE. Dream Academy was another band from the UK.

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