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May 3, 2010

You Can Blog It Up

The Shortstop Song

by Steven Goldman

Around the time the Royals acquired Yuniesky Betancourt, I began wondering what it would be like if they actually had a good shortstop. After all, they've never really had a star shortstop to call their own. There was a good year by Jay Bell in 1997 and Mike Aviles in 2008, but that's really it. Then I realized that if they actually did get their own Derek Jeter or Troy Tulowitzki, it would be a kind of Twilight Zone nightmare for the player, who would be inescapably trapped in a world of losing—at least until arbitration or free-agency. Until then, it would be futile prayers to Buddy Biancalana for salvation. In that moment, "The Shortstop Song" was born. I wrote it very much with the BP audience in mind, and I hope you enjoy it—you can stream or download it at the link above, along with other tunes I've written or collaborated on. 


...DPOTD entries, much delayed by my father's illness (which is ongoing, a good thing given the alternatives) will return later today.

Steven Goldman is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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