CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Fans of ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" with Keyser native John Kruk might have noticed a new opening song being used for the show beginning this week.
The song, which debuted Sunday, features the Morgantown-based country/rock act the Davisson Brothers Band and is a collaboration between Kruk and the band.
In January, Kruk and the band were guests for the premiere of "The Coffee Talk Show," a late-night interview program on WBOY in Morgantown.
Chris Davisson said, "They had this show with different people from West Virginia, who've been successful. They had John on the show and Bobby Ray Shafer from 'The Office.' They brought us in to play."
But there was a lot of downtime before the start of the show, and the group (which features brothers Chris and Donnie, their cousin Sammy and friend Aaron Regester) found themselves marooned for hours in their dressing room backstage at the Metropolitan Theatre.
After a while, a bored Kruk poked his head through the door and said, "Hey, you guys mind if I sit in your room? There's nobody in mine."
"We told him, 'Come on in,'" Donnie said. "He sat down, and we got to talking. He was just like us, just a good ol' boy from West Virginia."
It turned out they had a lot in common. Kruk and the Davisson brothers like to fish, and Kruk is a big music fan.
"He said he had a guitar at home but had never learned to play it," Chris said. "So, we showed him a couple of things."
"And the next thing you know, he's picking along with us," Donnie added.
After the show, they got dinner, and Kruk mentioned he wanted to change the theme for "Baseball Tonight."
"I jokingly brought it up," Kruk said. "It's just an instrumental, so I thought we could put some lyrics to it.
"I never dreamt it would come to anything."
A few weeks later, both Kruk and the band were in Florida, and what started as a joke became a lot more real.
"They called, then came over to my hotel room," Kruk said. "We worked on the song for two or three hours."
The band, he said, brought a new take on the old theme, which was more upbeat with a country/rock feel to it.
"We put the lyrics on it, and it sounded good," Kruk said.