If there is one fact that unites all of humanity, it's this: Music is the best vehicle for stories of unrequited love. "Over My Head" by Fleetwood Mac, "Dancing On My Own" by Robyn, heck the entire Smiths catalog are all bangers about the pains of falling for someone who can't love you back.
Well, add a new one to the oeuvre -- and this one comes with a twist: It's about Atlanta's superstar outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr.
Alt-folk artist Faye Webster -- herself from Atlanta -- just released "A Dream With a Baseball Player," the debut single from her forthcoming album. The song, which features the chorus "How did I fall in love with someone I don't even know?" chronicles her teenage crush on Acuña.
"I saw you last night in my dream / That’s still the closest you and I have been / That’s kind of sad, don’t you think?" Webster sings on one verse before later adding "I could just meet him and get it over / Or I’ll just keep wearing his name on / My shirt / Whatever I need just to help me cope."
For anyone thinking that this couldn't possibly be about Acuña, well, Webster admits to it.
"[It's a] song about Ronald Acuña Jr., obviously," Webster said in a statement. "Off tour I spent so much of my time watching baseball that I thought I wanted to be a baseball player. But I’m not, so I guess the next best thing was having a crush on one. I guess this song explains what having a crush feels like. Having made up conversations with them in your head even though you don’t speak their language, wearing their team jersey every day, things that make you feel closer to this person that you don’t know at all. But I sang at the Braves game, and they let us meet, so I think I got that one out of my system."
Webster's new album, "I Know I’m Funny haha" will be released this Friday on Secretly Canadian records before she heads out on a U.S. Tour. She'll next play in Atlanta on Sept. 30, which just so happens to be a night the Braves have a home game. Maybe, just maybe, Acuña could make it in time for the encore.