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High and Tight: Our Rock & Roll Baseball Experts Sound Off

From Babe Ruth’s one-man brothel soirees to Dock Ellis’s LSD-assisted no-hitter, there’s always been something undeniably "rock & roll" lurking beneath baseball’s strait-laced surface. With Rolling Stone's High and Tight, we take a weekly look at the game – its history, its characters and its latest news – through the rock & roll lens, with help from our expert panel of musically inclined seamheads. Guaranteed to be more entertaining than a date with Bud Selig, or your money back! Scroll through to meet our rock & roll baseball experts.

By Dan Epstein

Handsome Dick Manitoba

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Handsome Dick Manitoba

Name: Handsome Dick Manitoba
Band: Manitoba, The Dictators
Position: Vocals
Team: New York Yankees

Walk-Up Song: "The Game" by Motörhead

Fun Fact: Richard’s greatest religious experience was seeing Mickey Mantle emerge from a Cadillac outside of Yankee Stadium in the early 1960s.

Links: http://manitobas.com/ and http://manitobaband.com

 

High and Tight Contributions
• Opening Day Memories
Commissioner for a Day
Best Baseball Movies of All Time
Uniforms – Good, Bad and Fugly
Best and Worst Big League Stadiums
Biggest Ballpark Brawls
Balls to the (Outfield) Wall

Scott McCaughey

Scott McCaughey

Name: Scott McCaughey
Bands: The Baseball Project, The Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows
Position: Guitar, Vocals
Team: San Francisco Giants

Walk-Up Song: "Holocaust" by Big Star. "The opposing players would be terrified, irritated, and mystified. The fans would learn to love it, and that would make me feel like I'd done something really worthwhile."

Fun Fact: Owns a baseball signed by both Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford and Bad Company/Free drummer Simon Kirke.

Link: http://thebaseballproject.net/

High and Tight Contributions
• Opening Day Memories
Commissioner for a Day
Best Baseball Movies of All Time
Uniforms – Good, Bad and Fugly
Best and Worst Big League Stadiums
Biggest Ballpark Brawls
Balls to the (Outfield) Wall

Tom Morello

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Tom Morello

Name: Tom Morello
Bands: The Nightwatchman, Street Sweeper Social Club, Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine
Position: Guitar, Vocals
Team: Chicago Cubs

Walk-Up Song: "As all Chicago Cub fans know, it's really goofy to have the latest 3 Doors Down or Young Jeezy hit blaring when a player takes the field. You're supposed to have an old fashion organ playing some old fashion carnival jams during the entire game, regardless of current taste. This may be the reason why we haven't won a World Series in a 108 years, or it may not."

Fun Fact: Tom threw out the first pitch and sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at historic Wrigley Field on August 20th, 2008.

Link: http://nightwatchmanmusic.com/

 

High and Tight Contributions
• Opening Day Memories
Commissioner for a Day
Best Baseball Movies of All Time
Uniforms – Good, Bad and Fugly
Best and Worst Big League Stadiums
Biggest Ballpark Brawls
Balls to the (Outfield) Wall

Joe Pernice

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Joe Pernice

Name: Joe Pernice
Band: Pernice Brothers
Position: Vocals, Guitar
Team: Boston Red Sox

Walk-Up Song: "If I was called upon to hold a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth, I’d like to slowly cross the outfield to the masterpiece that is 'You're on Your Own Again' by Scott Walker."

Fun Fact: In 2004, Joe wrote and recorded a song called "Moonshot Manny (Pega Luna)" in tribute to nine-time Silver Slugger Manny Ramirez.

Link: http://www.pernicebrothers.com/

 

High and Tight Contributions
• Opening Day Memories
Commissioner for a Day
Best Baseball Movies of All Time
Uniforms – Good, Bad and Fugly
Best and Worst Big League Stadiums
Biggest Ballpark Brawls
Balls to the (Outfield) Wall

Steve Wynn

Steve Wynn

Name: Steve Wynn
Band: The Baseball Project
Position: Vocals, Guitar
Team: New York Yankees

Walk-Up Song: "The Closer" by The Baseball Project. "It would get me fired up to hear our own tale of the badass bullpen specialist, evoking the likes of Al Hrabosky, Mike Marshall and Goose Gossage. Charity begins at home plate."

Fun Fact: Steve shares a birthday (February 21st) with All-Star players Alan Trammell and Jack Billingham.

 

Link: http://thebaseballproject.net/

High and Tight Contributions
• Opening Day Memories
Commissioner for a Day
Best Baseball Movies of All Time
Uniforms – Good, Bad and Fugly
Best and Worst Big League Stadiums
Biggest Ballpark Brawls
Balls to the (Outfield) Wall

Pete Yorn

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Pete Yorn

Name: Pete Yorn
Position: Vocals, Guitar

Walk-Up Song: "Looks That Kill" by Motley Crue. "It has nothing to do with baseball, but that song rips."

Fun Fact: Pete shares a birthday (July 27th) with baseball greats Rube Walberg, Leo Durocher and Alex Rodriguez.

Link: http://www.peteyorn.com/

 

High and Tight Contributions
• Opening Day Memories
Commissioner for a Day
Best Baseball Movies of All Time
Uniforms – Good, Bad and Fugly
Best and Worst Big League Stadiums
Biggest Ballpark Brawls
Balls to the (Outfield) Wall

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Dan Epstein

Name: Dan Epstein

Position: Journalist, Author

Team: Chicago Cubs

Walk-Up Song: "Slow Ride" by Foghat

Fun Fact: Dan is the author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ’70s, which will be available in paperback from Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press this June.

Links: http://www.bighairplasticgrass.com/
http://www.lavieenrobe.com

 

High and Tight Contributions
• Opening Day Memories
Commissioner for a Day
Best Baseball Movies of All Time
Uniforms – Good, Bad and Fugly
Best and Worst Big League Stadiums
Biggest Ballpark Brawls
Balls to the (Outfield) Wall

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