New York has made careers of plenty of rappers through the decades. The latest of which may hail from the Coast.
The former Mississippi State and St. Stanislaus pitcher Jacob Lindgren made his major league debut for the New York Yankees May 25 against the Kansas City Royals, striking out two and walking two in two scoreless frames.
Now, Lindgren is making headlines for his fresh lyrics.
A 2013 rap video Lindgren -- AKA "Big Chunk" -- made as a member of Mississippi State's "Bench Mobb" (see embedded video below) recently re-surfaced. It didn't take long to catch the attention of the YES Network.
During a get-to-know-the-new-guy interview, YES Network's Chris Shearn read off a couple of Big Chunk's lyrics. Ten words in, the Yankees rookie new what was up.
"So you come to the field to watch the game, just remember the Bench Mobb is the reason you came," Shearn said.
Lindgren joked that Yankees manager Joe Girardi wants the southpaw to come up with a new "fresh" rap.
"We'll see what happens," Lindgren said.
Jay-Z should be calling any minute now.
Lindgren appeared in just 34 minor league games before getting called up. In 46 2/3 innings, Lindgren compiled a 77-to-23 walk-to-strikeout ratio with a stellar 1.74 ERA.
In 22 innings this season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre of the International League, Lindgren had struck out 29 with a 1.23 ERA.