Jason Grimsley and getting yelled at by Joe Torre
What’s up, Major League baseball fans! Mark Tremonti here from the rock band Alter Bridge. First off, I want to thank MLB for letting us play the Home Run Derby (we had an incredible time) and for letting me share my thoughts with all of you in this blog. Since this is a baseball site I thought I would share some of my baseball stories with all of you.
The first memorable baseball experience in my life that really brought me into the baseball world as far as knowing some of the players happened in New York at Yankee Stadium. I was on tour with Creed at the time and we were asked if we would like to take batting practice. We all were very excited and said yes right away. If I remember correctly, it was set up by one of the trainers but not ok’d by the higher ups, as I will get to later.
So, we are getting ready to walk out on to the field and as we walk by the managers office I see Joe Torre peer out of his office with a look on his face like "who are these guys waking through my clubhouse". We continued to walk out on to the field and watched the guys take batting practice. It was awesome. When it got to be our turn Jason Grimsley walks over and starts talking to us. He was actually on the disabled list at that time but we did not know that.
I began to talk to Jason and he told me that he was a big fan of the band and that he would like to pitch batting practice to us. I said, **** yes, and away we went. I think Scott was the last one up when suddenly Joe Torre comes steaming out of the clubhouse, screaming at Jason at the top of his lungs. He was saying…"I don’t give a bleep who these guys are, get them off of my field." I think we got Jason in some pretty big trouble and it turns out we were ok’d to do it but no one told Joe apparently. He was pretty furious about it but the bottom line is that we got to do it and I’m glad we did. Hey, I’m a Red Sox fan anyway. Haha.
Jason and I still laugh about it to this day. He told me he got reamed pretty good by Joe because he was pitching to us while still on the DL. Jason Grimsley and I became very close friends and we are still close, in fact, he is one of my best friends in the world, baseball or otherwise. Anyways, it was a very unique experience and I am still glad we got to do it and by the way, I came within three feet of jacking one out to center field! Just kidding.
Also, Jason has just gotten off the DL this week and pitched for the Orioles. The guy is an absolute warrior. He had the Tommy John surgery and came back in half the amount of time it takes most people. He is happier than he has ever been and pitching in the mid nineties again. Kick some ***, my brother, you know I am rooting for you!
I’ve got to run because we just got off a two week festival tour and all our gear is getting dumped here in Orlando at our practice facility. I’m on my way there right now to get together with the band to write some new material. We are going to do that for the rest of this month and most of August. We are going to begin touring the states again in late August or early September. Check alterbridge.com for the latest dates. Also, sign up for the forums on alterbridgeband.net. It is a site run by fans that is awesome. My brother updates the forums with all the late breaking news. They also have a wealth of pictures and live video that you can check out.
See you all soon and maybe next time I’ll tell some of my David Wells stories. Or at least the ones that are fit to print!
Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti at the Fields Of Rock in Holland.
Photo by Stijen