Bill Murray once blew up a golf course in order to protect its lush fairways from a pesky gopher, so you better believe the Caddyshack star is dead serious when it comes to preserving minor league baseball fields. In Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray’s Extra Innings, a new unscripted series that debuts on Facebook Monday, the two brothers chronicle their cross-country adventures to several ballparks, including the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks digs, which is infested by varmints of the animated variety. Fortunately, the team has called in the right man for the job.
In this exclusive clip from the premiere, Murray dons shredded cargo shorts and a floppy bucket hat from his Carl Spackler Spring collection to play Whack-a-Mole. “I have issues with my own personal space,” Murray confides, as he wanders into the outfield, armed with just a watering can. “In an ordinary situation, I need about a meter around me to be comfortable. However, on a baseball field, I need to be far away from any burrowing animal.”
Murray might be the most famous Chicago Cubs fan in America, but baseball is more than just a passion: He co-owns several minor league teams, including the St. Paul Saints and the Charleston RiverDogs (where he’s known to provide rain-delay entertainment). And back in 1978, after his first season on Saturday Night Live, he spent a couple of weeks in the minors, suiting up for the Grays Harbor Loggers. No joke.
Murray also sings the new show’s theme song, “The Thing About Baseball,” written by the Murray brothers and frequent partner-in-crime Paul Shaffer. You can watch the Murrays’ first episode on Facebook beginning Monday morning, with a new episode set to stream every subsequent Monday for 10 weeks.