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Talking A-Rod, spring training with the Baseball Project's Scott McCaughey

Talking A-Rod, spring training with the Baseball Project's Scott McCaughey

Rock guitarist Scott McCaughey speaks with considered reverence about baseball, its traditions and strategies, and the experience of watching a game in person, including his first game, an Arizona spring-training contest at age 8 or 9 that left him with an indelible memory of Willie Mays, standing just a few feet away.

"I just love the whole vibe. It feels like you're going to a park, as George Carlin said in his famous routine," he says. "I think ball fields are just so beautiful and serene, and they give me such a great feeling."

McCaughey usually makes his living indoors, mostly at night, with his indie band the Minus 5, based in misty Seattle and...

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