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April 16, 2010 at 11:03 AM

A musical tribute to Ryan Rowland-Smith

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Through the magic of Twitter, I ran across this video on You Tube, and I loved it. It’s a musical ode to Hyphen — Ryan Rowland-Smith — entitled “Number 18 — Ryan Rowland-Smith Song.”

Actually, I was led to it from a tweet by none other than Rowland-Smith (Twitter address: hyphen18) himself, who retweeted it with the message: “What a song!! Put it on itunes!!”

The singer-songwriter, according to her Twitter page, is Erin Abbott of Seattle, and what sets this song apart from other such efforts I’ve seen are the clever lyrics (which I’ve reproduced below, straight from YouTube) and Abbott’s very appealing voice. And no, I’m not her agent. I’ve never met her in my life. I just appreciate good work.

This reminds me of another player tribute song that received considerable internet action a few years ago, when the Braves traded for Mark Teixeira. It didn’t work out quite the way the performers hoped, but I defy you not to go around singing this song all day long.

You’ll find the Rowland-Smith lyrics on the next page:

WELL Vargas and Fister, they sure can make me swoon

Texeira, he takes my breath away

Kelly, Lowe and Felix can send me to the moon

And there’s a special place in my heart for the DA

Lee, White, Snell, League I’m sure they’re all great guys

But I know they’re just not the ones for me

Cause there’s only one with Oakleys, on his oh-so-dreamy eyes

And he hails from far across the sea

Ryan Rowland-Smith is who were winning with

Hes our wonder from down under and he is a man of myth

He came here on a surfboard and he fought a kangaroo

And if you ever met him then I bet that you could too

Hes my Aussie heartthrob and he doesn’t even know it

But when he starts its all worthwhile

His 3.62 ERA, it doesn’t mean a lot to me

because I like his smile

Ryan Rowland-Smith is who were winning with

He’s our wonder from down under, and he is a man of myth

He barbeques all winter and drinks beer with every meal

And if you came from Australia , too, you’d know just how it feels!

When he throws his changeups, are they to Rob Johnson’s glove?

Or are they straight to my heart?

Number three on the rotation, but he’s number one with me

And I hope we’ll never part if we ever meet(I heard he can fly)

Ryan Rowland-Smith is who were winning with

He’s our wonder from down under and he is a man of myth

His best friend is a great white shark, his car is a canoe

His pitches are like boomerangs returning fast and true

Ryan Rowland-Smith is who were winning with

He’s our wonder from down under and he is a man of myth

His bed is made of crocodiles, his heart is made of steel

He’s super and amazing and a little bit unreal

(Photo by Associated Press)

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