Baseball Punx [Short Documentary]

I think it’s interesting to find out the people in our world that like sports. Because
it’s usually, for the most part… we start doing this to get away
from “the jocks” and I think it’s interesting to see like these
musicians that are usually running away from that culture to
actually accept that culture.. the good parts of it at least. I used to not talk about it at all and any time anybody would want to ask
question I’d be like, meh, you know ask me that during baseball season. Talking about
people that live this major-league lifestyle, travel on planes you know, four
star or five star hotels… So when I try to explain them about being in a van and
traveling in Europe or sleeping on a floor there’s zero comprehension of that.
-I’m sure you must have seen Major League before… but Major League is about a group
of a bunch of fuck-ups. A bunch of fuck-ups who were terrible
ballplayers who deserve none of the success that they later achieve in the
end of the movie. I feel like humans in general we want to root on failures
because we see failure, we see ourselves. In other people that fuck up. Alyssa: Baseball is a game where doing something right 30% of the time… and only 30% of the time
is pretty damn good. Hitting the baseball is hard. It’s very hard.
-How many times you watch a game and it’s just someone shaking their head? You know it’s because they
couldn’t catch up to that fastball, or they couldn’t, get
that pitch over. It’s just all about failing. Steve: If you’re gonna devote yourself
to creating art and to some sort of creative skill, you have the same drive
and focus that a professional athlete does. -You’re choosing willfully to make
music that runs against the grain, that is often tackling things that nobody
wants to hear about in a style that’s not popular… I mean you’re
basically asking to fail.
Alyssa: Sometimes I get up on a stage and… I’m just not there. It
doesn’t read, it doesn’t land. There’s just some random college kid looking at
me like I have three heads because I’m a transsexual talking about my
-You’re constantly fighting with the possibility that nobody wants to
hear you, nobody wants to listen to you, nobody wants to book you, and that doesn’t necessarily prevent a band from stopping.
Scott: I don’t think you ever accept failure. You just learn how to deal with it. You pull into a venue and there’s 22 paying customers. Does it suck?
Yeah it sucks… but those 22 people are having the time of their life and they
want to be there so… you deal with it. I think about players who are stuck in
AAA and they’re getting almost up there and then can’t quite break into
the main scene. I feel for people who put all the work and their heart into
something that still can’t get recognized for it. It fucking sucks.
Evan: You can have a sense of camaraderie with your team, but also you still have to
step into the batter’s box on your own and do something on your own. So it kind
of lends itself to the way that we’re brought up, or the way that we as punks
view our society. If we want to see change. we have to go do it. Alyssa: A lot of my friends are these queer punks who were mostly really
hurt in alienated by sports. And saw sports as a kind of jock thing that was
part of this toxic masculinity that was put upon them… and I feel so much
sympathy for them. And I don’t blame anybody hating a multi-million dollar
spectacle industry. -There are socially conscious people who enjoy sports and
want to be in that environment as well but still know that they’re gonna come
up against the rigid hetero-capitalist patriarchy that built a lot of
those institutions. -I think it is actually really important to unlearn
like shitty sports fan behavior, do you know what I mean? Like certain sports
teams logos. Just shitty misogynistic or homophobic behavior that
can happen in sports stadiums, among the crowd. I think it’s really important
to kind of stand up and be like, “Hey I’m a person who is like progressive and
cares about society but also fucking loves baseball.” Punk can sometimes be loud and angry and abrasive music. It can also be soft,
delicate. And what makes something punk… ultimately comes down to to whether the
people doing it call it punk or not. They have the same message, they
have the same ideology which is that there is inequality and unfairness in
the world that we want to solve. I guess there are similarities where you’re just kind of you’re waiting for the action. Things can be mellow and
all the sudden you bust into a song that’s three times to speed and
everything’s going off. Baseball can be quiet for six seven innings. All of a sudden, a guy could get a base hit and a home run all within three or four pitches. There’s a lot
of parallels between baseball and punk. There’s a lot of parallels between the two because so much of the disappointment in
America and so much of America’s triumphs can really be reflected in both
punk and baseball. John: I feel like baseball is more open to how the world is becoming than other sports are
initially. Baseball is usually the first ones to do it. And I know and I
feel like our little underground punk world is more inclined
to accept stuff like that than perhaps a giant rock
and roll world or Taylor Swift world or whatever. Not to say Taylor Swift is bad, I love Taylor. It helps us place you know where we used to be and where we are now. And the shifts and the major
changes that took to get to the point where we are. If the players want to make a public statement, the fans, largely the white fan base gets all
pissed off when it’s like, “Oh man I can’t believe they’re talking about race.” It’s
like they’re black people! Any time there’s like any sort of civil
rights movement, of any sort of group or class in America, baseball is
usually the first one to take that on. Baseball will, in my mind, 100% have the first female athlete. 100%. I’ll bet my arm on it. Steve: There could be more integration on the field but it’s much better than it was. I
really think the domestic violence policy is great. I think they’re making
strides to really modernize in places where they should be
modernized. Vince: As far as opening up to LGBTQ+ communities, baseball might be on
the cusp of that with everything that they’ve done with Billy Beane. He’s going
team to team and he’s talking to those guys about being more inclusive
and accepting. John: What sport has that? They’re still running
dudes out of the locker room in football about that. In baseball it’s like, alright
here’s a guy that is in charge of making sure these players feel welcome. Vince: It’s a parallel to society. As society is slowly opening that door, I think
baseball is doing the same. I wouldn’t say that baseball is at the
cusp of it, or at the forefront. They’re both those kinds of things where
they were pretty perfect. It was just a stroke of luck where you
catch lightning in bottle, and baseball was invented. And punk is the
same: it was great from the get-go, Rehashing the same four chord
structure, just sort of reliving itself in a cycle. And in a lot of ways you know
baseball is completely unchanged. It doesn’t feel like anything in baseball
could be new, but then something insane happens. And then music is the same way. It doesn’t feel like necessarily there could be anything new, and then you’re
like, “I can’t believe this exists.” The whole reason why sports are able to be
such public industries is because of the incredible and under appreciated work
that producers and videographers are doing within sports to make it this kind
of beautiful thing. Vince: Baseball needs art in a way that other sports might not. Art is
there to record and take these emotions that people are having, and configure them and reconfigure them into these artistic expressions so that
they can be digested, and more importantly, remembered. Rob: And that’s the reason that art exists in the first place. To be able to comment on
the misery and the sadness and the triumph and the glory and the beauty and
the sadness and such. That’s that’s really the entire reason
we do anything. It’s the reason we play baseball, the reason we play music. We are using these ideologies to try to make art together. We are using these patterns.
We don’t understand them, or we do understand them. Either way, we use them.
We play. We continue to play and use these ideas as best we can. In a cold
senseless world. Something to rally around. you

14 thoughts on “Baseball Punx [Short Documentary]

  1. Great Documentary! Love that Erik and his music are in this one… All thumbs up mate! Did watch this more than once… (Baseball is the sport where they throw the big red ball, right?!)

  2. Punk rock for a 100 years, but the game of ball is glorious. Never meant a punk that could not relate to this game…wether it is the numbers, or the failures. This is gold

  3. Fuck you and your PC bullshit. 4:25 to 5:03 ruined it for me. As a 33 year touring musician (Progressive metal) you have to bring this PC bullshit into Sports like you jerkoffs brought it into music.

  4. Thank you, I feel a little baseball revival in my soul. If the kid isn't getting on the bike then it might be back to the ball.

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