Mike Edel "The Closer" (video)
Published Jul 03, 2014It's an exciting time to be a baseball fan in Canada since the Blue Jays are leading their division, and now Victoria, BC-based songwriter Mike Edel has released a video about the sport called "The Closer."
The song is a quiet, folksy number with soft acoustic strums and echoing, meditative electric licks. Both the lyrics and the video — which was created by Edel, Jorge R. Canedo Estrada, Henrique Barone, Thanat Sattavorn, Cesar Martinez and Breno Licursi — are filled with intimate details and baseball lingo. Things take a tragic personal turn partway through, however, and the game doesn't go well for the home team.
"It's a story about a pitcher in a small town, a lot like the one I grew up in, who is pitching a perfect game into the 9th inning," Edel said in a statement. "But his mom runs onto the mound and tells him that he needs to leave the game because his dad has had a farming accident. So the coach brings in the closer with a 2-0 lead in the 9th inning. He gives up a walk. Then a single. Then a home-run. They lose the game 3-2 in the 9th. I think that sometimes we think that these small moments in small towns don't matter, but the truth is that they do."
Okay, so the box score in the video isn't quite the same as the one Edel describes, but baseball fans will still want to check this one out below.
Edel is working with producer Joby Baker on a sophomore album. It's due out later this year.