If you watched last night's ass whoopin' of the Detroit Tigers at the hands of the San Francisco Giants in the first game of the World Series, you saw a little history being made.
In the Giants' 8-3 victory, San Francisco third baseman Pablo "Kung Fu Panda" Sandoval hit three home runs, one of only four players to ever do so in a single World Series game — the others are Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols — and the first to do so in his first three at-bats.
For the purposes of this post, it's also important to note that two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim "The Freak" Lincecum, who has been demoted to relief work for the Giants in the postseason, was a solid contributor out of the bullpen. He struck out five batters in 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
Which brings us to The Baseball Project, an all-star band featuring Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, the Minus 5), and Linda Pitmon (Zuzu's Petals) who perform nothing but songs about baseball.
The group's 2011 album, Volume 2: High and Inside, features the following song — "Panda and the Freak" — an homage to baseball nicknames and the Giants and, in particular, Sandoval and Lincecum. Oh, and Game One starting pitcher Barry Zito gets a shout-out, too.
By the way, that's R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills filling in for Buck in the video.
And in case you couldn't make them out, here are the pertinent lyrics:
The Giants got the Panda, the Giants got the Freak
The Panda’s smoking line drives, the Freak is throwing heat
Panda and the Freak, Panda and the Freak.
When it comes to kung fu fighting, he’s no better than Hong-Chih Kuo
He’s kind of like Bruce Lee if you cross Bruce Lee with a buffalo
He barrels round the bases, he scrambles for ground balls
Zito named him Kung Fu Panda, that’s our Pablo Sandoval
They said he wasn’t built to last, they said he was too small
The Mariners passed him right by, now that was a bad call
Two Cy Youngs, two strike-out crowns, in his first full two seasons
That’s why they call Tim the Freak, because he defies all reason