Rule of thumb: Baseball players shouldn’t rap … at least not in public.
But former UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer, a Cleveland Indians prospect, has never been a by-the-book guy.
He recently released another rap song, this one about the Indians winning the World Series. Of course, Bauer isn’t even with the Indians at the moment -- he's pitching for triple-A Columbus -- but his “Gutter to Grail” bit has reached the clubhouse.
The refrain: “From the gutter to the grail, we rise up to win it. Wahoos on first, with their eyes on the pennant. Going all in, Cleveland Indians. From the gutter to the bling, now they call us champions."
Second baseman Jason Kipinis told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “I’m speechless.”
Reliever Joe Smith had a more positive spin, saying, “More power to him. He’s obviously passionate about music, so why not. There’s enough negativity in this world. This is something positive. I love it.”
Third baseman Mark Reynolds offered an even better compliment. He used the song as his walk-up music when he came to bat.
Bauer first rap effort was a year ago, when he was with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He offered up “Diamond in the Rough.”
That’s not the only thing he has offered up. In his last three starts at Columbus, he has given up 16 runs in 16 1/3 innings.
It might be time to focus solely on baseball.
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