The Cousin of Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio Is Now on the New York Yankees

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The Cousin of Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio Is Now on the New York Yankees

Center fielder Harrison Bader—Baio’s first cousin—was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Jordan Montgomery

The Cousin of Vampire Weekends Chris Baio Is Now on the New York Yankees

Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio is proud of his cousin Harrison Bader, a baseball player who broke into the Major Leagues in 2017. And now he’ll have his cousin a little closer to home, after Bader was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the New York Yankees for left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery. The cousins both grew up in Bronxville, New York, and Bader will now play his home games in the Bronx, the New York City borough where he attended the elite Horace Mann School. The move was made just minutes before the 6 p.m. deadline today (August 2) for MLB teams to make trades involving MLB players. 

Baio posted a note from MLB about the trade to his Instagram story, captioned with a series of italicized exclamation marks. In a statement to Pitchfork, Baio said: “It’s a dream come true for our family and I’m beyond excited to root for Harrison and our hometown team!”

Baio first saw Bader play in the majors in September 2018, at a home game for St. Louis against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bader has posted 1.5 fWAR playing center field in 72 games for the Cardinals this year, good enough for a 93 WRC+. He won his first Gold Glove—awarded to the best fielder at each position—in 2021. The player he was traded for, Jordan Montgomery, accumulated 1.4 fWAR in 114 innings across 21 starts this season for the Yankees, posting a 3.69 ERA. 

Both cousins are distant relatives of actor Scott Baio, who is Chris’ paternal grandfather’s brother’s son. Baio’s last album Dead Hand Control dropped in 2021.

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