Monday, July 29, 2013
Baseball Tunes: Cleveland Rocks
Ian Hunter rose to fame as lead singer of the glam rock band Mott the Hoople. The band split in 1974 but Hunter kept writing songs. He wrote "Cleveland Rocks" in tribute to a city he felt was undeservedly the butt of jokes. An earlier version was called "England Rocks" in order to get the song released as a single but Hunter claims it was always Cleveland's song. "Cleveland Rocks" is best known to those outside of Ohio as the theme song for The Drew Carey Show (covered in this case by The Presidents of the United States of America).
Almost immediately upon its release in 1979, "Cleveland Rocks" became the city's unofficial anthem. All of Cleveland's professional teams, including baseball's Indians, use the tune as a victory song. Then-mayor Dennis Kucinich gave Hunter a key to the city in 1979.
Full disclosure: my mother is from Cleveland so while I've never lived there myself, I do have some affection for the old rust belt town. I haven't been back since my grandmother died in '97 and have never visited either the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or Jacobs Field, the two crown jewels of the city's modern renaissance. There are quite a lot of other places I'd like to visit first but a pilgrimage might be in order someday.
My Baseball Fantasy
Vermont League: won, 7-3 (89-60-11 overall, 1st place out of 12 teams)
Maryland League: tied, 5-5 (86-65-9, 4th of 10)
Public League: 83 Rotisserie points (3rd of 12)
My Player of the Week: Jon Lester (Starting Pitcher and Cancer Survivor, Red Sox) with 2 wins, 16 strikeouts, a 1.35 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP