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Talkin' baseball (sort of) with Bob Dylan




Bob Dylan, who performs in Tampa on Thursday, likes baseball — this, we can assume from his tours of minor league ballparks, and his musings on XM Satellite Radio.

He’s also from Minnesota, so we can assume he’s pulling for the Twins in this year’s playoffs. But where does he stand on the Rays vs. Rangers, which kick off this afternoon? We plowed through some old Dylan lyrics to see what the sagelike bard might say about the matchup.

On the Rangers: “If you ever go to Dallas / take the right hand road / Those western Dallas streets, boys / They bound to kill you, for sure.” (West Texas, from Live at the Gaslight 1962)

On the Rays: “Well, it’s all up from Florida at the start of the spring / the trucks and the trailers will be winding / like a bullet we’ll shoot for the carnival route / we’re following them dusty old fairgrounds a-calling / ... / And it’s roll back down to St. Petersburg / tie down the trailers and camp ’em / and the money that we made will pay for the space / from following them dusty old fairgrounds a-calling.” (Dusty Old Fairgrounds, unreleased bootleg)

Analysis: Doesn’t look promising for the Rays. Dylan seems to think those Dallas boys will kill ’em. He also seems to have thoughts on the Rays’ stadium debate. “The money that we made will pay for the space” ... "dusty old fairgrounds a-calling" ... Could he be predicting a new stadium at the Florida State Fairgrounds?

Verdict: Bob says: Rangers in five. We say: Sorry for wasting everyone’s time with this. Please carry on with your day.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Monday, October 4, 2010 12:07pm]


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