Today’s shopping case study is the music lover. And that
pretty much covers everyone on your list, doesn’t it? Here are some
Oh Say Can You Sing is a CD/DVD featuring 11 tracks performed by past and
present Major Leaguers, licensed by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players
Association. It costs $17.99 at the MLB.com Shop and here’s the news flash: These
guys are actually pretty good, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to
the players’ favorite charities. So you’re also helping some worthwhile causes.
The album opens with Indians first baseman Ben Broussard
handling vocals and acoustic guitar on U2’s "With or Without You."
Suddenly you realize that this guy, who rocks fastballs out of Jacobs Field,
also rocks with a voice that has a hint of Eddie Vedder. After that are: Reds
first baseman Sean Casey ("How Do You Like Me Now?"/Toby Keith),
Marlins outfielder Jeff Conine ("Plush"/Stone Temple Pilots), Coco Crisp
(his original rap song "We Got That Thing"), Matt Ginter
("Dooley," a bluegrass banjo song), Devil Rays outfielder Aubrey Huff
("Letters from Home"/John Michael Montgomery), Padres reliever Scott
Linebrink ("Wave on Wave"/Pat Green), Phillies shortstop Jimmy
Rollins (rapping his original "Wish List"), Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith
("Cupid"/Sam Cooke); Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel
("Broadway"/Goo Goo Dolls); and Dodgers pitcher Kelly Wunsch (John
Mellencamp’s "Hurt So Good").
"The overwhelming response has been totally
positive," said Scott Schorr, who produced the album for Good Sports
Recordings. "A special thanks must go to all our participating Major
League players, who did an A-plus job."
Jimmy Buffett: Live at Fenway Park. Bet you didn’t know that the man from Margaritaville was responsible for removing that Curse of the Bambino in 2004. Order this CD/DVD set through MLB.com and you will believe it. This is a must-have for every Red Sox fan, every Parrothead, and everyone who just likes to drift into a tropical state of mind sometimes. You can sample some tracks through MLB.com’s partnership with Buffett, and enter a contest to win free 2006 Opening Day tickets and get a 2004 Red Sox World Champion cap just for ordering.
Scott Stapp: The Great Divide. Order someone special this brand-new CD from the former voice of Creed, and you are entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see him in concert and roundtrip airfare to get you and that person to the show. Stapp swung by the MLB.com studios recently to tape two new music videos for us, and the Gift Guru will highly recommend seeing him in person.
MLB.com Mobile ringtones. Load up your friend’s phone with the same songs that are played when your favorite players step up to the plate. Be part of the ever-growing generation of fans who are signing up for MLB.com Mobile team alerts while you are there.
City of Champions: The Best of Boston Sports DVD. You would want this just to hear the incredible soundtracks from Aerosmith and others. But it’s still a great gift for anyone who grew up on Beantown sports, and this one was produced by the son of the late and legendary Celtics broadcaster Johnny Most.