Do you ever wish you could see your favorite baseball players in the car? Probably not, because that seems like it would be pretty boring. But what if you could be guaranteed that you’d see your favorite players do some good old fashioned car singing? That sounds a whole lot more interesting. The St. Louis Cardinals thought so too, because they’ve released a special “behind the scenes” Carpool Karaoke video, and it’s everything.
The whole thing is set up just like James Corden’s famous Carpool Karaoke, but with Cards pitcher Adam Wainwright in the role of Corden. Wainwright is the perfect guy for this: he hosted a karaoke competition for the charity Big League Impact back in January. In the video he takes the wheel, driving several of his teammates to who knows where and listening to music along the way. And while they drive, they sing their hearts out.
And it’s great. Even non-Cardinals fans could agree that it’s really adorable. Wainwright drives pitchers Luke Weaver and Carlos Martinez, and center fielder Dexter Fowler around, and they sing (and car dance) like no one’s watching or listening.
Dexter Fowler picked Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA,” and his falsetto was quite impressive. Fowler and Wainwright also attempted to sing some Boyz II Men, but didn’t seem to know many of the words to “I’ll Make Love to You” besides the famous chorus. (It’s clearly time for them to bone up on the lyrics.)
Carlos Martinez has some pretty sick dance moves, and was duly impressed that Wainwright knew the words and melody to the Spanish-language song they were blasting. And when they switched to “Yeah” by Joe Nichols, Martinez showed off his amazing air guitar skills.
Luke Weaver belted out “Hello” by Adele in the passenger seat, and he knew every little nuance. And then he launched into a speech that came out of nowhere.
“I don’t think I have the best voice. Being compared to Justin Timberlake, he’s definitely a big-time singer, just in all facets, and I don’t like to compare. He’s got his own thing and I’ve got mine, but I want to send that out to the kids and let them know. Don’t be afraid to reach out and grab that dream because people are gonna throw you down and it’s all about overcoming that adversity.”
When Weaver started talking, Wainwright didn’t quite know what was happening, mostly because Weaver sort of compared himself to Justin Timberlake. But it was heartfelt (if unexpected) and they both shared a laugh when it was over.
Watching MLB players let loose and be silly is awesome, especially since they’re often so stoic and serious on the field. Every team should do their own version of Carpool Karaoke, because … well, do you need a reason beyond “it’s fun to watch MLB players sings songs in cars?”
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