Pearl Jam's epic, rain-delayed set at Chicago's Wrigley Field in July won't be the only time the band connects with baseball in 2013. A partnership with Fox Sports will include extensive use of 48 Pearl Jam songs across the promotional and music beds for this month's World Series coverage, set to air Oct. 23-31 on Fox, and feature the group's music throughout November as Artist of the Month across all Fox Sports properties.
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The deal includes all 12 tracks from Lightning Bolt, plus 36 songs from the Pearl Jam catalog, spanning all the band's albums (with the exception of 2002's politically charged Riot Act). Catalog highlights include "Animal," "Better Man," "Black," "Blood," "Corduroy," "Daughter," "Even Flow" and "even goes as far as 'State of Love and Trust,'" says Christian Fresco, product manager for Pearl Jam's Monkeywrench label. Fox Sports Music VP Janine Kerr, an avid PJ fan, adds: "They said, 'What songs would you want?' I said, 'How many can I have?' So we gave them a wish list and they said 'yes' to all."