More Singing About Baseball Players

There must be something in the water in Kansas City.

What is it about the players in royal blue that inspires such melodious intent? First we had a triptych to Jeff Francoeur that drew inspiration from the righteous tunes coming from Barry Manilow and Sara McLaughlin, and now Will McDonald at Royals Review has added Bruce Chen and Mike & The Mechanics to the musical lineup.

It’s worth listening to the whole YouTube clip of “The Living Years” by the Mechanics, if just so you can appreciate how well McDonald’s lyrics line up with the song.

Then you might appreciate how the following lines are supposed to be belted with full lung force. I think, if you’ve been a fan of a bad team for long enough, it will make sense.

So don’t yield to the fortunes
You sometimes see as fate
You might have a new perspective on Chen
On a different date
And if you don’t give up on Chen
And don’t give in
He may just be O.K.

Say it loud
Say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It’s too late when Chen’s DFAed
To admit that he was kinda ok

Then again, as Alex Heeren at SBNation Tampa Bay proved with this audio, sometimes even totally fake teams inspire us to totally real song. Maybe it’s just baseball that does this to us.

With a phone full of pictures of pitchers' fingers, strange beers, and his two toddler sons, Eno Sarris can be found at the ballpark or a brewery most days. Read him here, writing about the A's or Giants at The Athletic, or about beer at October. Follow him on Twitter @enosarris if you can handle the sandwiches and inanity.

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