April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team preview of their favorite squads.
The musician: The musician: Benny Horowitz has been drumming for Jersey rock ‘n roll stalwarts the Gaslight Anthem since they formed in New Brunswick, NJ in 2005. While the band was in Nashville recording its fifth studio album, he hopped on the phone to discuss the team he’s been following since his days growing up in the Central jersey town of Summerville. He’s also more knowledgable about sabermetrics, “Moneyball” and fantasy baseball than arguably any drummer out there.
The team: The Yankees rarely miss the playoffs, but when they do, drastic measures are taken to make sure baseball’s most decorated franchise doesn’t falter again. After missing out on the postseason for just the second time in 19 years (and watching the arch rival Red Sox win the World Series) last year, they spent big money on free agent signings Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carols Beltran and Japanese import Masahiro Tanaka. After adding such star power to what was an aging and injury-plagued team, expectations are high. It’s also the final season for longtime captain Derek Jeter, so his farewell tour could add extra inspiration to the Yankees’ playoff push.
(To read the whole interview, click on the photo or find it here: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6054209/play-ball-gaslight-anthem-talks-new-york-yankees-2014-season)