Baseball in the early to late 1980’s will always be my favorite MLB era because that’s when I became obsessed with the game. The game still had the last vestiges of old school grit then. The players still had the last vestiges of old school grit then.
Will Clark is my all-time favorite player. He became my favorite player during his rookie season with the Giants in 1986 when he hit a homer off Nolan Ryan in his first major league at bat. The Giants lost 100 games the season before, and Clark’s clutch plays and his don’t give a shit attitude was the personification of the team’s rebirth in ’86. This is one of my favorite Will Clark moments from 1988 in St. Louis:
Clark took on 4 Cardinals by himself before the benches cleared. Don’t take no shit in The Pit! That’s what I meant that the game and players had the last vestiges of old school grit in then. It’s also a time machine to see footage from old Busch Stadium when games were played on that vintage astroturf. By all accounts it was like playing on concrete covered by a thin carpet and in the Summer it was like playing on a blazing hot stove.
Anyway, the Dallas band Power Trip give me the same feeling as when I watch old footage of 80’s baseball. Gritty with a retro swagger and willing to throw punches before thinking about the consequences.
Power Trip are currently on tour in the U.S. and their new album, Nightmare Logic, on Southern Lord rules. It’s hard ‘n heavy… like Ozzie Smith getting punched in the face.. over and over again.