Baseball Punx

by Shibby Pictures

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1-2-3 Strikes You're Out At The Old Ball Game! Strike One was when I caught you cheering for the Yankees Strike Two was when you lost my glove Strike Three was when you got spaghetti on my Jersey I love you baby but enough is enough Three Strikes You're Out
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“Turner on the mound, 120 pitches in: right now it's 2 to 1 for Georgia Tech with runners in between. 1,000 in the bleachers and 1,000 on the side; right from the stretch...” “Here comes the pitch!” “Looks like a hit!” “Go hit the lights!” “Go get the phone!” “Go tell the press!” “And baby, kiss that ball goodbye!” “Now, I've called Turner the left-handed NCAA Cy Young before, Atlanta's own, but this is just absurd: A change-up on the 3 and 2, two-hitter on the line, deep in the 9th, with a runner hugging third.” “Weltzer in left field quickly closing on the wall; somehow squinting through the blinding light, he snags it on the fall!” “That's the game!” “But all attention turns now to the pitcher's mound, Turner's clutching his left shoulder and he's writhing on the mound.” “Looks like he's hurt!” “Alert the press!” “Go get the phone!” “Go hit the lights!” “God, what a game!” “But what a shame!'“What a way to end the night.” “Georgia Tech must be upset, they can't be happy with this win. They've got a play-off spot secured, but not a starter that can pitch.” “Now, I've called Turner the left-handed NCAA Cy Young before, Atlanta's own, but this is just absurd: A change-up on the 3 and 2, two-hitter on the line, deep in the 9th, with a runner hugging third. No word yet from the trainer. I can't bear to see the savior of the Yellow Jackets carried off the field. That could have been enough to tear his left rotator cuff - I can't imagine if or when that will heal.” “A moment away from a perfect game, but hey: some records were never meant to be broken. Right?” “A shaky close to a shaky win, shackled by a crippled team. Improvement? Retention? LEft on the defensive. When everybody leaves so completely resigned, it's apparent that a dream that once was shared must have died.”
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Los Marineros. You got a home run while I was going to the bathroom. It was Cinco De Mayo of 2010. I went to the Mariners game with Tom, Chas, and Dan. New City, New life. Day two at my job, my hopes were high, and I sang... Los Marineros. You got a home run while I was going to the bathroom. Now it's Trece De April of 2011. Every Wednesday, I'm at the Little Red Hen. Thinking about the days gone by. Drinking Rainier beer every night, and I sing... Los Marineros. You got a home run while I was going to the bathroom. Los Marineros. I hope this season is better than the last one. God, I know you know I'm trying. And God, I know you know I've tried. God, I know you know I'm trying but I can't get it right.
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This is the end of the line This is my calling and election made sure This is a product without a market This is the bloody tooth I tied to the door This is my faith in something more So, Mike Piazza, where do we go from here? So, Mike Piazza another monumental season another unremarkable year where do we go This is the end of the line like a boat without an anchor or a sportsman out of time so what’s the score? when did I miss my light? How did I end up where I am tonight? I wish I could say that I was praying every day I never felt like anyone was listening to me But I know a former dodger with about as many answers That’s the answer, isn’t it? wait That’s the answer, isn’t it? WAIT That’s the answer, isn’t it?!? This is the end of the line This is my calling and election made sure This is a product without a market This is the bloody tooth I tied to the door This is my faith in something more Where do we go?
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I left my kids behind And I left my wife alone Hopped a cyclone fence into Buffalo And I don't wanna talk about it Now I'm making highlights Like nobody's ever seen But if the team ain't winning they take it out on me And I don't wanna talk about it 'Cause I'm the Cuban Missile baby But I just can't get no respect Because I can't find a way to connect They walk the pitcher when I'm on deck And I'm the Cuban Missile child And I can't find no one to relate Because I'm still batting .188 Oh man I just ain't no good at the plate Now my career is tanking And my contract is up for sale But I can't go back home or they'll put me in jail And I don't wanna talk about it I'm hated in New York now And Tampa didn't work out No love in old Chicago No luck in San Diego More bad news in Seattle And Havana is so far away now
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You didn't say anything I walk away I gave you such a scare With my fuckin' stare I'm fuckin' Matt Stairs I'm gonna take you down mother fucker
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Back at the south boston boys school Where I first learned to play Couldn't tell right field from little ol' left field but They had me anyway Got on base just once in three years Hitting an ump in the process And a sac fly out to center field or something I was flawless And I was becoming a creature that none of my Friends from those days understand Stuffing my sister's old bra in a white cotton button down Shirt with the sleeves pulled down over my hands Hiding the lines that I drew in the mirror My sister said Honey You Throw Like a Girl like the Backstop my parents kept in their backyard Where my father'd walk toward me and mutter these words: "Drag your feet toward the base Leave your hands above the plate Drop the bat and let it roll You'll be leaving home" And my sister was a Yankee 'Til she moved away from home And I didn't give two halves of one shit about baseball 'Til she overdosed You know my parents they ask me how I'm doing And I don't wanna lie So I dither to them about the Red Sox bullpen 'Stead of saying I wanna die It's like being fourteen around bodies that strained against Bodies condensed to nonsensical images I Play back on replay reviewing the calls like when I saw the Spinners in 2006 I Asked my friend Greg whether he'd ever thought about Maybe like I don't know being a girl and when He told me No I knew I was alone I would draw in the mirror and mutter these words: "You're on third the score is tied Signal's made the pitcher winds As I square catcher sees You're coming home to me"
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I've heard you're never too old to be afraid, but sometimes I get sick of being alive. I spend every day thinking about the "could've been"s and all the things that I will never be. I wish I could put them all down on paper, but I've made a lot of mistakes. And they say that home is where the heart is, but my home is stretched all over this country, and my heart is beating a little too fast to keep up with constantly missing all of the people that I love the best. It's taken me 23 years to get this far, but now what do I have to show but these scars on my wrists, a couple bad tattoos, a collection of baseball cards from 1998, and a thousand notes that I will never send? I was a burnout at 22, but I guess that's just the way that these things work. Most nights I just wanna die, but I'm scared of all the things that I might miss. I'm just so scared of all the things I'm gonna miss.
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Rick Ankiel had it all 95 on the black, cut and miss at the breaking ball Rick Ankiel had it all Rick Ankiel, he would fall Rick Ankiel forgot how to throw a strike Couldn't find the plate, no matter how hard he tried Matheny wasn't there to catch cause he sliced his hand with a hunting knife And Duncan did his best of course but he too was stupefied Rick Ankiel had it all Rick Ankiel went back to rookie ball On the mound, he was still wild But when he swung the bat, sometimes the baseball went a mile Rick Ankiel began to reconsider Maybe i'm not a pitcher, maybe I am a hitter Later on in Memphis, they could not get him out When he swung the bat, it made this terrifying sound Everyone took notice, word got around Front page of the papers, guess who's back in town Rick Ankiel stepped to the plate In the bottom of the 7th with two away Albert loomed on deck so he knew he'd see a strike Rick Ankiel sent the ball into the night Rick Ankiel had it all A hanger at the belt, it barely cleared the wall Rick Ankiel had it all Rick Ankiel took a curtain call

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This album is a companion piece to the short documentary that is being released by Shibby Pictures, directed by Jak Kerley.

Documentary trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zENduA9DS1s

All songs used with permission of the original artists.

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released January 25, 2018

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