As hard as we work, especially in the Twins organization, we as baseball players have a lot of free time. A typical day in Spring Training has you showing up to the field around 7:30 – 8:00 a.m., and has you leaving by about 4:30 p.m. That’s a good 6 or 7 hours a day to just chill.
I would venture out to say that the most popular way of passing time for players is playing video games. I’ve never really understood why. I personally hate playing them, and am glad that I do. The same goes with watching T.V. Something inside of me, probably stemming from growing up in Castaic, CA, just won’t let me sit around inside. Most of my free time goes to fishing, bothering Delmon to do something, and, now that the season is nearly here, making (trying to make) music.
With that being said, it’s time to introduce you to the most kick a** band of all time. Well, besides Led Zeppelin of course.
Last year Dustin Martin, Drew Butera, Toby Gardenhire, and myself formed a supergroup for the ages………. (Actually we just started messing around and ended up sounding pretty cool). We named ourselves The Beach Bums, drawing influence from the way Drew and I decorated the basement where we lived. The chemistry was there right off the bat, and let’s just say that New Britain had no idea what hit them.
We’ve been going strong ever since, and today we had our second band practice of the year. Dustin and I strummed the guitar, while Toby, our singer/lyricist, conjured up some verses. Drew is more of an off the stage band member. We call him our manager, but I wouldn’t hesitate for one second to bring him on stage with some bongoes and/or cowbell.
All in all it was a great day. Here’s a small sample of a song we are working on called “Wave”. I’ve just recently discovered the software GarageBand on my Mac, so we are going to start recording more and more. Wave.mp3
So that’s pretty much it for today, let me know what you think of the music. This is just a rough cut, but you should be able to get the picture.
And in case you were wondering, Delmon doesn’t play video games either, and he told me today that he wants to start fishing. Wish me luck.