Rob Sheffield on Who Rocked Baseball’s Opening Day Hardest

April 7th, 2010 by Rob Sheffield Leave a reply »

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Play ball! Baseball’s Opening Day is full of time-honored traditions: the President throws out the first ball, the Cubs’ starting pitcher walks away with a 54.00 ERA, the Royals get mathematically eliminated from the pennant race. But the best tradition of all? Music. The 2010 season officially kicked off Sunday night at Fenway Park, as the Red
Sox battled the Yankees. It was definitely a memorable game, yet it was the surprise musical guests who got us all excited for a summer of sun, sweat, the crack of the bat, and the crack of whoever did Steven Tyler’s hair extensions. So now that the season is fully underway, let’s break it down: Who rocked Opening Day hardest?

DR. DRE: What the hell was he doing in a Red Sox uniform? Taking batting practice, to promote the Red Sox version of his popular “Beats By Dre” headphones. He also announced (big drumroll) that he plans on maybe finally releasing something from Detox someday. (Shouldn’t you be in the studio, Doctor? The Red Sox have won two World Series since your last album!) Considering how he used to rhyme about the chrome on the side of his White Sox hat, it’s odd that he’s ditched the ChiSox cap for a town whose most famous rappers were Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. And shouldn’t he be rooting for the AL West? You know, “California knows how to party” and all? Whatever happened to “It’s all good from Diego to the Bay”? Ah well, Boston’s glad to have him. (Throw it up, Dorchester! Shake it, Revere Beach! Where you at, North Quincy?) And it was hilarious to see him watch the whole game with LeBron James in the luxury box, still wearing his Sox uniform.

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Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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