MUSIC, COMEDY and MORE
BASEBALL'S GREATEST HITS, VOLUME 2
From the opening words of "Why Did You Go, Johnny Damon?" on Howie Newman’s latest album,
Baseball's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, this Boston-based folk rocker, humorist, sports journalist and public
relations maven shows you exactly why he belongs on this list [of indie rock artists with baseball
on their mind]. It's his second album of songs entirely based on the National Pastime, and all of
them are as clever, biting and original as the Damon song.
WICN-FM (Worcester Mass.)
Baseball’s Greatest Hits, Volume 2 is a classic contribution to American popular culture. Nothing
lends itself to our national pastime more than the folk music genre, and no one exemplifies it more
than the creative sound of Howie Newman.
"Mendoza Line" may be one of the greatest baseball songs ever written. What else can you say
about an American rockabilly tune written about a shortstop from Mexico who once hit .198 for an
entire season? You also absolutely must check out "It's The End Of The Curse and We Know It," an
R.E.M. spoof … about Boston Red Sox finally breaking "The Curse of the Bambino" with their 2004
World Series championship. Howie Newman is always entertaining, and for a Red Sox fan he's not
a bad guy. Baseball fans will get a kick out of it, as will fans of country-tinged folk rock. This is
definitely a worthwhile 20 minutes spent!
Jeff "The Fish" Aaron
Howie Newman's Baseball's Greatest Hits, Volume 2 is an awesome collection of songs. For the first
time in 10 years I took Led Zeppelin out of my CD player and replaced it with Howie's disc.
"Mendoza Line" is my new "Stairway to Heaven."