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Don't Bunt, Matheny

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM
Filed Under: St. Louis Cardinals | United Cardinal Bloggers
One of the great things about the United Cardinal Bloggers is how well we work together.  That could mean collaborating on a roundtable.  It could also mean building up an inside joke.  This is the story of the latter.

A few days ago, I sent out a Tweet promoting this week's UCB Radio Hour, tagging our hosts Dathan Brooks (@Dathan7) and Chris Mallonee (@BirdsontheBat82).  A general conversation followed between Chris, myself, and Tara Wellman (@tarawellman) that was of little consequence to this story.  

However, Dathan later Tweeted that he knew he'd seen a conversation but couldn't find it now, so I flippantly responded that it was about how this week's show was going to be a musical.  That's when Jon Doble (@JonDoble) popped in, saying he couldn't wait until he heard "Don't Bunt, Matheny" set to Journey's "Don't Stop Believing".

You know me.  You know that if you give me the idea and a song I'm at least somewhat familiar with, I'm not going to rest until the parody is written.  (Christine Coleman mentioned "The Power of Cutch" in reference to Andrew McCutchen and now can't hear Huey Lewis's "The Power of Love" any other way.) I spent a little time working it up and sent the lyrics out via email to those involved.

Normally, that's the end of it.  No one actually tries to put the stuff to music.  However, I didn't count on a fully trained multimedia specialist with a great voice and some spare time.

You see, besides Tara's work at a television station, she also has vocal talent, so much so that she sang the National Anthem before a Quad Cities game this summer.  She found the music sans vocals and took to recording this for your listening pleasure.  We debuted it on last night's UCB Radio Hour (right about 50 minutes into it, if you want to listen) and there's no doubt it'll be a huge hit in Cardinal Nation.

So here you go, lyrics by me, vocals by Tara.  I think these are accurate lyrics--Tara had to tinker a bit to get them to, you know, actually fit the music but I think I've gotten all her fixes.  You can download it over here and listen to the magic.  Enjoy!

Don't Bunt, Matheny

Just a Columbus boy, picked to be the manager
He took the leading reins of the champion
Just a city boy, born and raised to play the sport
He took the leading reins of the champion

A double smoked right past first
Gives him the chance to do his worst
The crowd's chant fills up the night
It goes on and on and on and on

Hitters waiting, up and down the lineup card
There's no need to concede this out
Slugging people, living just to drive the run in
Let them, swing free in the bout

Working hard to get one run,
Pretty soon the inning's done
Losin' everything when rolling dice
Blogs explode again
Some will win, some will lose
Some would bunt with Albert too
Oh, the song, it will never end
It goes on and on and on and on


Don't bunt, Matheny
Let go of the feeling
Slugging people

Don't bunt, Matheny
Hold on
Slugging people

Don't bunt, Matheny
Let go of the feeling
Slugging people

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