Joe Russo’s Almost Dead‘s weekly RAD Tracks Thursday video series is the gift that keeps on giving! This week, for the series’ 68th installment, the band has released pro-shot footage of “Here Comes Sunshine”, complete with a trippy lead-in improv jam, from their July 2nd show at Belly Up in Aspen, CO. Watch the performance (and the crazy projection light show that accompanied it) in the video below:Jam Cruise also continued the steady release of professional videos from their 2016 voyage this week with a video of Russo and company performing “Viola Lee Blues” on the boat’s pool deck on January 6th. Check it out here:The band is currently firing on all cylinders coming off two of their largest shows ever at last weekend’s Lockn’ Festival and has a number of shows booked for the remainder of this year, including a three-night run on their home floor, Brooklyn Bowl, from Thursday, October 6th to Saturday, October 8th.
They ask why we point and get the hell out of the way…. well😅 https://t.co/grXwoykiTV— Major Key (@since93key) March 15, 2020Art Warren, a pitcher in the Mariners organization, won MVP for the game. His prize? A brand new bottle of hand sanitizer….and finally…YOUR 2020 #SANDLOTGAME MVP… @arthur_warren 🏆 pic.twitter.com/iTq0mrdmnH— Momentum (@Watch_Momentum) March 15, 2020And so many Astros jokes.Trevor Bauer held a sandlot game with other MLB guys last night on @Watch_MomentumThe Astros banter was constant pic.twitter.com/70w6JyJqTP— 2020 Astros Shame Tour (@AsteriskTour) March 15, 2020 Baseball probably won’t be back for a few months, so hopefully we see more fun games like this — provided the players are practicing social distancing, of course. Coronavirus can try to stop sports, but the players will prevail.On Saturday, Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer took advantage of the break in the season to host a backyard game of wiffle ball with some fellow major and minor leaguers. Bauer streamed the game live through his company, Momentum, and linked a GoFundMe for MLB Game Day Staff Coronavirus Relief. It raised almost $22,000 in under 24 hours.”It’s really about raising as much as possible for the people affected,” Bauer said.https://t.co/DZJyPRkbxc— Momentum (@Watch_Momentum) March 15, 2020Players included Reds second baseman Derek Dietrich, Padres outfielder Tommy Pham, Angels pitcher Kenyan Middleton, and Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger. All the players wore microphones so their commentary could be part of the broadcast.MORE: Here’s how athletes are ‘social distancing’ during coronavirus outbreakBauer has committed to showing off the personalities of baseball players, something he thinks MLB does poorly. He has held seminars to help players learn about Twitter and other social media platforms, and how to use them to their advantage. This pickup game was part of his ongoing plan, but ultimately it was for baseball fans and raising awareness for stadium workers.“The game was really to get a large platform of people watching,” Bauer said. “One, to connect with fans and give them some baseball. But two, hopefully spread the message and the word about the people that put on games. Playing in front of a stadium with no one in attendance is odd for everybody and we wanted to draw attention to the fact that the people who put on games are very important and struggling right now.”Based on the money raised, Bauer’s plan was successful. The players also seemed to have a great time being mic’d up and showcasing the game.Everyone was big cheesin’ 😃 pic.twitter.com/XKmjjo3GoJ— Momentum (@Watch_Momentum) March 15, 2020The game had plenty of dingers:BOMB!! pic.twitter.com/nWRPIjTTux— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) March 15, 2020just a beautiful piece of hitting here by Mercado (i think) pic.twitter.com/V6ejdU5CrP— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) March 15, 2020Derek Dietrich vowed to hit a homer, and came through on his promise.Derek Dietrich promises @coachkentmurphy a home run and then comes through pic.twitter.com/XllMJpDtve— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) March 15, 2020MORE: CDC’s latest recommendation could mean no sports until June Some beautiful pitches: the curve is working. pic.twitter.com/XLixNFOpwU— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) March 15, 2020K swinging. demoralized bat flip. pitcher fist pumps. pic.twitter.com/oySflNzSeq— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) March 15, 2020A few easy outs, which is to be expected when the players don’t get a full spring training. Nice snag by Keynan Middleton out of nowhere.