So good that he took a rough recording and played it for some people at ESPN.
"They loved it, and the next thing you know we're in Nashville recording the song."
The band called on a couple of contacts to help them record: songwriters/producers Brian David Willis (Brad Paisley, Keith Urban) and Phil "Philbilly" O'Donnell (Travis Tritt, Craig Morgan).
Kruk said, "First thing after I get there, Phil O'Donnell tells me his brain is fried and that he's been writing for two weeks straight and his brain is mush."
Which was a problem, since Kruk felt they needed to change some of the lyrics, which he said needed to be a little bit more specific for "Baseball Tonight."
"So, we get to the studio, and he kind of lays there on the floor," Kruk said.
After the song was finished, O'Donnell told the band to play the music, and he sang it. Then, O'Donnell told Kruk, "Now, you sing it."
"Are you kidding me?" Kruk told him. "I just heard this. I don't know it."
Still, he gave it a shot, and according to the brothers, he knocked it out of the park.
"He did a great job," Chris said.
And the folks at ESPN liked what they heard, too. The song, which has Donnie sharing vocals, debuted on Sunday on "Baseball Tonight" and has been played several times throughout the week.
Kruk said it's received a really strong response.
"Some of my country music friends have texted me to tell me how much they like it," he said. "Of course, when they're your friends, they're not going to tell you when you stink."
ESPN, however, liked it enough that the network want to bring the band in to shoot a video for the song, a piece of information that Donnie, who'd spent the week clearing brush on his farm, hadn't heard about.
"Really?" he said. "That's awesome."
"Baseball Tonight" airs nightly at 10 p.m. and midnight and 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays during baseball seasons. There are multiple reruns throughout the week.
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