Bauer was all about baseball Wednesday night, as he started the game his team ultimately lost to the Cubs 5-1. (It was his first appearance since he had to be pulled from the first inning of ALCS Game 3 because of a pinkie he injured in a drone mishap.)
But early on in his career, the North Hollywood native indulged his love of music by putting a smattering of hip-hop tracks online. One such track unearthed by Billboard, “Gutter to the Grail,” almost predicts the Indians’ World Series run three years in advance.
The 2013 track-name checks a bunch of Bauer’s then-teammates – like Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana and Cody Allen – many of whom are still on the team.
The song takes a more positive tone than another Bauer original, “You Don’t Know Me,” a diss track he released online that seemed to address his feud with then-Arizona Diamondbacks teammate Miguel Montero.
Although that song has since been seemingly scrubbed from the Internet, the good people over at Cleveland.com transcribed its best (?) lines.
“You judge on appearance, you don’t judge me on my merits, because you don’t know me (nope). You don’t know me (why not?).”
“You hide behind a mask to facilitate a task, but you don’t know me (huh). You won’t know me.”
After the song caused a minor controversy, Bauer told reporters it was directed at Twitter trolls and not his team’s pitcher (although the mask/task references may have left some skeptical of that claim).
He also defended his “terrible” (his word) rapping by comparing it to the hobbies people enjoy despite lacking natural talent.
“If someone was to go out and fish and catch a two-inch fish, no one would make fun of them,” said Bauer, according to the site. “But because I go out and I’m terrible at rapping, but I enjoy the process about making the beat and writing the lyrics, and I happen to put it online, if someone wanted to listen or happened to like it, I get blown up about it and there’s a whole bunch of controversy over a hobby I do.”
Luckily, the World Series will give Bauer the chance to work out his differences with former teammate Montero, who now plays for the Chicago Cubs. And after slicing open his right pinkie on a custom drone during the playoffs, rap may begin looking like a decent hobby once again.