Newman revealed to Mojo magazine September 2008 that this story of childhood baseball embarrassment was a true story. He explained: "It's literally something that happened to me - the 14 kids; that I cried; my dad telling my second wife the story, and the same story a couple of years later. There's not a lie in it. It seems funny now, but the day was tough when I was a kid. I sure as hell remember it, so I wrote about it. I'd do anything for a song, and I don't mind telling the most embarrassing things I can think of."
The TV show Cheers was nearly canceled after its first season, but the theme song, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name," was very popular. To satisfy viewer demand, the theme was made into a full song and released as a single.
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.