St. Louis in the late '90s was a pretty magical time and place for major league baseball. However, as a music obsessed youth, there was a taint on that innocent era even more disturbing than the later revelations of performance-enhancing drug abuse: our local WB affiliate's incessant use of Creed's "Higher" between nearly all inning breaks or longball montages. Every time Mark McGwire or Ray Lankford went deep, that growling voice would launch in its most indulgent crescendo. Every time. Come on! We watched McGwire hit his 70th home run in person, and still the person we remember most from that time is of Scott Stapp.
Therefore, in a strange way, this video of Stapp reworking "You Will Soar" into an "anthem" for the Florida Marlins inspires a surprising bit of closure, if for no other reason than the fact that he bought one of those personalized Marlins' jerseys with his name on it. True, at times it sounds like he's is just reading terms from a baseball encyclopedia for a good while ("A diving catch, a stolen base, a perfect game, a triple play..."), but it must be pretty tough to write a sports-based jam—there's a lot of jargon to go around. It's hard to stay mad at Scott Stapp, but our money tells us this probably won't be Jorge Cantu's warm-up music anytime soon.