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HAVING A BALL

Actor Jeff Daniels takes his hobby on the road

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In 2003, the year his beloved Detroit Tigers lost 119 games, actor Jeff Daniels wrote a song called “The Lifelong Tiger Fan Blues.”

But every now and then, tunes — just like movies — have sequels.

“When the team got good [this year], that [first] song had to be retired,” says Daniels, who considers music to be a hobby and has been writing songs for more than 30 years. “And the deeper we got into the [2006] season, the more I realized the Tigers were for real, so I rewrote it.”

After “about a month trying to get a handle on it,” Daniels ended up with “Tiger Fan Blues Revisited,” a salute to the team that eventually finished second in the American League Central division and earned a playoff spot as a wild card.

“I was very proud of the forced rhyme that is ‘Fernando Rodney and Omar Infante,’ ” Daniels says.

That song is available for download on Daniels’ official site, which also contains samples from his Live and Unplugged album. He released the CD in 2004 to raise funds for his Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Mich., where he’s performed fundraising concerts since 2001.

On Oct. 13, with his Tigers scheduled to continue their series against the Oakland A’s for the A.L. championship, Daniels will begin a U.S. tour. He plans to play a bunch of new songs — some of them funny, some of them serious, just like the movies he’s made through the years.

— By Chris M. Junior

Jeff Daniels on tour (schedule subject to change):

* Oct. 13: Grand Auditorium — Ellsworth, Maine
* Oct. 14: Chocolate Church Arts Center — Bath, Maine
* Oct. 20: Whitaker Center — Harrisburg, Pa.
* Oct. 21: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall — Troy, N.Y.
* Oct. 22: World Cafe Live — Philadelphia
* Nov. 4: Corson Auditorium — Interlochen, Mich.
* Nov. 5: Kaufman Auditorium — Marquette, Mich.
* Nov. 10: South Orange Performing Arts Center — South Orange, N.J.
* Nov. 11: Pollak Theater — West Long Branch, N.J.
* Nov. 12: Sellersville Theater — Sellersville, Pa.
* Nov. 13: Birdland — New York
* Nov. 17: McDonald Theater — Eugene, Ore.
* Nov. 18: Aladdin Theater — Portland, Ore.
* Nov. 19: Triple Door — Seattle
* Nov. 25: Michigan Theater — Ann Arbor, Mich.
* Nov. 29: Bush Stage — Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
* Dec. 2: Otto M. Budig Theater — Covington, Ky.