Cleveland Indians' Trevor Bauer Made an Absurd Rap Song & Maybe a Diss Track About a World Series Rival
Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer is an odd one. He’s the favorite to start Game 2 of the World Series tomorrow night (Oct. 26), though the one thing holding him back is a nagging right pinkie injury -- which he sustained while repairing one of the drones he flies in his spare time.
In the business, that’s something they call a “non-baseball related injury" -- what you’d hope to avoid on the eve of playing the 2016 Chicago Cubs, one of the greatest regular-season teams in MLB history, in the Fall Classic. But the 25-year old North Hollywood native has been flagged as an outlier since he came out of UCLA, messing with management, insisting on his own workout routines, admitting that he sometimes gets distracted by science articles about flying cars while on the mound. In yet another extracurricular activity, he basically predicted the Indians’ 2016 World Series run in a rap song he recorded in 2013.
This was Bauer’s second MLB season, and his first with Cleveland, after being traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks. He only pitched in four games that year, but that didn’t stop him from going into the studio (his laptop?) and laying down a mean sixteen about his new team.
“The Gutter to the Grail” shouts out a bunch of Bauer’s teammates who helped lead the team from next-to-last place into the postseason that year, and a number of them -- like Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis and Cody Allen -- are still with the team. There’s also shouts to Chief Wahoo, the Indians’ politically incorrect mascot whom many wish was no longer with said team. The beat sounds like it was recorded with Lil Wayne’s “Got Money” -- or at least, 2008 hip-hop radio in general -- on the brain.
You want more? Well, it just so happens that Bauer is one of the few (only?) MLB players to escalate an on-field dispute into a hip-hop beef. Many surmised the Diamondbacks traded him to Cleveland because his on-field routine didn’t jive with their’s -- in particular, that of their much-more-senior catcher Miguel Montero, who complained about the righty ignoring the pitches he called. Just after the trade, Bauer released a song called “You Don’t Know Me,” which, despite not naming names, really really sounded like it was dragging his old teammate: “You hide behind a mask to facilitate a task, but you don’t know me.” It’s since been scrubbed from the Internet completely, along with his Soundcloud page, consummate4sight.
Fast-forward to 2016 and Montero now plays for the Chicago Cubs, Bauer’s opponent in the World Series. The veteran catcher isn’t an everyday player, so there’s no guarantee he and Bauer will get to revisit their beef on the field. But they could! It’s certainly a subplot, albeit about the 78th most hyped one, given it’s been a combined 176 years since their teams have won a World Series. If Bauer is going to put his mind to work, at least his coaches would probably rather he records rap songs than stick his hands inside drones. Or just listen to Muse's Drones. (Bauer seems like more of a metal guy, though.)
Winning the World Series would probably increase Bauer's likelihood of revisiting his music career -- whatever the genre -- so if you're still searching for a reason to pick a side, case closed.