After 10 MLB games, Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig has inspired a brawl, many nicknames and T-shirts, crazy merch sales, a fresh round of "small sample size" rants and now this — a new rock band called Puig Destroyer.
Riley Breckenridge, who is most famous for playing drums in the hard rock band Thrice, has announced he's starting a "baseball-themed grindcore" side project and he's calling Puig Destroyer (not to be confused with Pig Destroyer).
The new band also includes Mike Minnick (from Curl Up & Die) plus Ian Miller and Jon Howell (from Kowloon Walled City).
Breckenridge isn't just a rock dude who's a bandwagon Puig fan. His baseball fandom/knowledge is legit. He writes the "Battle for Los Angeles" column on The Score and is half of @Productive Outs. His Puig Destroyer cohort Miller is the other half of Productive Outs.
In a post on his website announcing the band, Breckenridge wrote:
We’ve got basic tracking done for our debut EP, and we should have a track from said EP fairly soon. Please stay tuned for updates/tunes. The roughs I’ve heard are ridiculously awesome and fun and raw as all hell. Kinda like Yasiel Puig.
We're still waiting word of the first child born in L.A. named Puig. If Yasiel continues to impress, we'll likely have a Puig wine and a Puig hamburger by the end of the season, as well as a squealing "Pweeeeeeeeeg" iPhone app.
UPDATE: Puig Destroyer has now posted its first song, titled "One Man, Five Tools." It's quiet, acoustic and gentle. Sike! It's loud, screamy and brief, at only 48 seconds. If you listen closely, you might hear a cameo from a certain famous Dodgers announcer. Take note: It's a name-your-price download, so it was be yours for significantly less than the $42 million the Dodgers paid Puig.
One more thing: Puig Destroyer T-shirts are also now available.
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