Beloved jammers The String Cheese Incident continue to share new material from their newest creation, the SCI Sound Lab. The Sound Lab is the band’s first-ever self-operated studio space, allowing for maximal songwriting and production creativity.The Sound Lab was introduced in the form of a three-song EP recently, with the promise of more new music to come. The band has just delivered on that promise, sharing the Keith Moseley-written new single, “Get Tight.” With Tyler Grant providing some tele picking on the track, it’s a perfect track in time for summer!You can read our interview with Michael Kang to get a complete sense of what the SCI Sound Lab is all about! Stream the new single, “Get Tight,” below.
The highly-coveted Argentina international joined United in a record £59.7million deal from Real Madrid. The 26-year-old has been handed the club’s famous number seven shirt, and his arrival has the potential to excite fans after a poor start to the season. “He can accelerate our play and our style of play but he fits in our philosophy. “But what he can do more than fit in our philosophy, is I can change the system for him and maybe I shall do that in the future, like I have already done against Swansea City. “He played at Real Madrid not only as a wide wing player but also in midfield so that is also a reason why we are convinced he shall succeed.” Di Maria himself is happy to fit in wherever Van Gaal wishes to deploy him. Di Maria, man of the match in last season’s Champions League final, said: “It depends on the manager and where he wants to play me. “I come here to work for the team and I am prepared to play in any position he wants to. I just want to help the club become successful again.” Di Maria is well aware of the significance of United’s number seven, a shirt worn with distinction in the past by the likes of George Best, Steve Coppell, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. Di Maria and Ronaldo were key members of Real’s Champions League-winning side last season and the Argentine asked the Portuguese star about United. He said: “I was aware of the importance of the number seven shirt. “Cristiano Ronaldo had spoken to me at Real Madrid and told me how important it was. “I wanted to wear this shirt and do as much for the club as Ronaldo and the others could do. “The club also wanted me to wear it so I want to live up to it.” Di Maria is likely to go straight into the squad for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Burnley but Van Gaal has not indicated whether he might start. Van Gaal, however, has warned he cannot be expected to transform fortunes immediately. Van Gaal, speaking at a press conference to unveil Di Maria, said: “I am very pleased that we can have such a class player in our squad but you have many class players. “For me it is also important that he is a team player and that is what I am liking in Di Maria – not only class, and that he can accelerate the game for us, but that he can also play in the interests of the team. “That is why we have chosen this player and I hope he shall give us good results, but we cannot expect after two days’ training sessions that he is the miracle what I already read (about). “No, you have to work for the miracle and he knows that.” United are yet to win a match this season and on Tuesday were knocked out of the Capital One Cup in humiliating fashion – a 4-0 defeat by League One MK Dons. Questions have been asked of Van Gaal’s tactics, notably his 3-5-2 formation, and consequently where Di Maria would fit into that. Van Gaal said: “I only buy players that can improve our philosophy so I have spoken already about his way of playing in the interests of the team. Press Association Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has warned not to expect instant miracles from Angel di Maria.
Dee Gordon was a popular player in Los Angeles who never quite fulfilled his potential. He batted .289 in his final season as a Dodger. His first year as a Marlin, 2015, Gordon led the NL in batting average (.333), cut down on his strikeouts, and hit a couple more homers. He also won a Gold Glove at second base – a position he was never afforded the mentorship to master as a Dodger.Less than 12 months after the trade, some folks decided they had all the evidence they needed: Miami won the trade.The Marlins were on their way to collect their trophy when some funny things happened. Gordon was hit with a PED suspension in 2016, then later purged in a fire sale along with the Marlins’ other stars. Pitcher Dan Haren was traded to the Chicago Cubs in July 2015 and retired after the season. Before long, only Rojas remained in Miami.The Dodgers received four players in the trade. One, pitcher Andrew Heaney, was immediately flipped to the Angels for Howie Kendrick, who replaced Gordon at second base.Chris Hatcher was a catcher-turned-reliever who some in the Dodgers’ front office saw as a potential future closer. If you joined the-Marlins-won-the-trade bandwagon early, Hatcher was probably the reason. He posted a 4.64 earned-run average in two-plus seasons and blew as many saves as he converted (four). The Dodgers flipped him to Oakland for international slot money last summer.The other players the Dodgers received in the trade, Kiké Hernandez and Austin Barnes, hadn’t established themselves in the majors by December 2014. Yet by Game 7 of last year’s World Series, they were indispensable. In a couple short years, the pro-Marlins trade verdict seemed horribly premature.Hot takes have their place. But in a social media culture that shares “lost the trade” memes like cheap currency, we really don’t like our verdicts so nuanced.The Dodgers’ trade with the Seattle Mariners for Taylor cost them precisely one player: former first-round draft pick Zach Lee. This is the kind of trade fans can get behind.Lee, 26, is pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays’ Double-A affiliate. His name is about as popular in Seattle as Hatcher’s is in Los Angeles.Meanwhile, Taylor learned to play center field and hasn’t ceded the position since. He is still the Dodgers’ leadoff hitter and one of two reigning NL Championship Series MVPs. He also offers a cautionary lesson about the rush to judgment.Rojas, who started twice at shortstop and once at first base against the Dodgers this week, hopes the same lesson applies to him.“If you can’t prove that you can help offensively you can’t be an everyday player,” he said. “Every year I’ve been getting more at-bats and more opportunities to play. Having the opportunity this year to be an everyday shortstop and starting the year playing every day gave me a lot of confidence.”His hitting guru is Ricardo Sosa, based in Rojas’ adopted hometown of Miami. Unlike Taylor, Rojas hasn’t become a power hitter. He isn’t trying to.“I don’t have the kind of power to create an angle – say, a 32-degree angle, I’m not going to hit that ball out,” Rojas said. “I don’t have that kind of power. The kind of hitter I am, I have to hit line drives, try to hit doubles in the gap.”Related Articles Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ In the series finale Wednesday, Rojas hit a three-run home run against Clayton Kershaw to snap a scoreless tie. It was his third home run of the season, already a career high.If nothing else, Rojas will have a job by virtue of his versatility in the field. He was always a slick-fielding middle infielder. As a 25-year-old rookie with the Dodgers, he was a frequent late-game replacement at shortstop for Hanley Ramirez.Now 29, Rojas has learned third base and first base as well. Perry Hill, the Marlins’ veteran infield coach, said Rojas is “outstanding at all four” infield positions. He is too old to be considered a prospect but still young enough to think his best years might lie ahead.Maybe the biggest winner of the Miguel Rojas trade was Rojas himself. If this narrative rings familiar, it’s because Rojas’ story parallels that of Dodgers utilityman Chris Taylor to the last detail. Well, almost – Taylor was 26 when Dave Roberts installed him as the team’s leadoff hitter last summer.Considering all the parallels, it’s surprising how little attention Rojas has gotten since December 2014, when he was the seventh player in a seven-player trade between the Dodgers and Marlins. Rojas was so disconnected from the front lines of that deal, he said he learned he was traded on Twitter.The reason Rojas remains relatively anonymous says something about his team, to be sure. The salary-shedding Marlins entered Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers on pace for 120 losses, which would tie an all-time record. Rojas has batted first or second in the majority of his starts, and few teams would afford that privilege to a player with a .295 OBP and .341 slugging percentage (through Tuesday).It also says something about how trades are perceived, how that perception evolves (or doesn’t evolve), and how players whose strength rests in their versatility are valued.With the Marlins in town for a three-game series, it’s a good time to revisit that seven-player swap. Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense LOS ANGELES — He rolled into town this week a new player with a new swing. His role as an everyday, top-of-the-lineup hitter was one the man who traded him four years ago didn’t see in his immediate future.Ask him for the secret to his success, and he will describe the long hours working with a private hitting instructor the last two offseasons. He’ll describe his new swing path, his conversion to the religion of hitting line drives, and the early baseball years he wasted pleasing the coaches who wanted him to hit the ball on the ground.Talk to his current coaches, and they describe a player who quickly learned a new defensive position with ease. They depict his success as a marriage of hard work with a new opportunity in a new environment. The fact that he became a major league regular at the relatively late age of 27 only makes the story that much more special.Yes, Miguel Rojas has turned himself into quite a ballplayer. 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