Hanging Out With Grimsley and the Orioles

Hello again baseball and Alter Bridge fans. Mark Tremonti here. I know I promised some David Wells stories in this installment but I had a surprise visitor last week and I thought I would talk about that since it is baseball related.

Oddly enough, less than 20 minutes after I finished my last blog entry, Jason Grimsley called me up out of the blue and told me he would be in town for the weekend because the Orioles were playing the Devil Rays. The games were on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and he told me he was arriving on Thursday so I invited him and his family to come up to my house in Orlando. I had not seen him since we played a show in Kansas City a few months ago so I was very excited to see him again.

He and his family arrived late afternoon on Thursday and his kids made a beeline for our pool. It was not long before Jason and his wife, Dana, were in there with them laughing and having a great time. I couldn?t help but to watch and smile. My wife and I recently had our first child only two months ago and watching his family splashing around in the pool had me thinking of my future with my son, and I hope that I can be as good of a father as Jason is to his children.

After that Jason came with me to our practice facility and we tried out some new material on him. We cut the session short because we all wanted to go out to dinner but when we got back to the house Myles(our singer) and I had a song idea so we sat at the kitchen table with acoustic guitars and jammed out for about an hour. Jason sat and watched the whole time. I kept asking him if we were boring him but he said he loved watching the song writing process. We all then grabbed our kids and had a great time out at dinner.

Next, it was my turn to be Jason?s guest on Sunday as the Orioles played the Devil Rays. I went with Myles, his wife Selena, my brother Michael and my friend Vince. Jason told me to call him as soon as we reached our seats but before I could, I looked down towards the Orioles dugout and he was down there waving for me to come down. As I was making my way to him I was greeted by none other than **** Vitale. I shook hands and had a nice conversation with him and then continued over to Jason.

When I got there Jason proceeded to introduce me to a bunch of the players. It was a real thrill meeting Rafael Palmeiro.Ph_120191  I know that he just reached the 3000 hit plateau and he has always been one of my favorite players to watch in this last decade. Rafael was very kind and accommodating. I also met Sammy Sosa and Miguel Tejada for the first time and both were very cordial as well. It was pretty cool talking to three future Hall of Famers. I feel that both Palmeiro and Sosa are locks for the Hall and I think that if Tejada stays consistent he will make it as well.

We all had a great time at the game itself. The highlight, for me, was being able to see Jason pitch again. He pitched in the ninth and although the results were probably not what he wanted he gave it his all. As I said before, the guy is an absolute warrior. I don?t think too many people have come back from his surgery in that quick of a time. It just shows his guts and determination.

I stopped by the clubhouse to see him after the game and I could tell he was not happy. It made me sad to see him like that and I did not know what to say. It turns out I did not have to say anything. He said, ? I?m going to stay in this mad zone for about another 45 minutes till I get on the plane and then I am going to forget about it and concentrate on the next game?. That?s why I admire Jason. I think he shares the same outlook on life that I do. Do your best each day and when the day ends, concentrate on making the next day your best. That?s exactly why we titled our first cd One Day Remains. That?s how we all live our lives.Dsc03110

Well, that?s it for now. Johnny Damon called and said he will be in town this week as the Red Sox are playing the Rays. I?m sure we will probably cross paths at some point. I?d love to make it to one of the games but I am not sure if I can because I do not want to miss another night of songwriting. I?ll check back with you all later in the week.

Mark Tremonti

17 Comments

Hey Mark!
Another great story here; and another funny connection twist. At the time that I visited with my cousin, who I mentioned in my last post, it so happens that he was playing for the Devil Rays. It was so much fun for me too, to be able to meet Mike’s teammates and to hang out with their families in the stands, for a whole week. Such great memories!

Can’t wait to read your next entry, and to hear the new music you’re workin’ on!

Mary

lets keep on wearing those lucky red soxs, lets get lucky 😉

Whats up Mark! My name is Nick Zilan and im from the Detroit area. Sounds like you have a pretty normal life! haha! i will keep on reading your entries they are intresting. Come back to detroit and play a show again soon!

Hey Mark! Juts signed up for this thing so I could read up on your blogs. Hope everything is going good with you and your wife and your son. I know you’ll make a good father. I guess I need to be a baseball star or a rockstar soon so next time I come down to Orlando, I can call you up and meet up with you!! Come back to DC for another show at the 9:30 Club soon PLEASE!!

Hi Mark. I’m a huge fan. Congrats on your first child. I’m so happy for you. Just stumbled upon your blog, cool. You ROCKED Summerfest! I’m anxious for the next album. AB needs to come to Madison, Wisconsin sometime. Take care and rock on! 🙂

What up Mark,
I’m glad you had a wonderful time at the game. I really enjoyed reading your blog. Like jimithing96 said, AB has got to come back to the 9:30 Club in D.C.! that was my first time seeing you perform and it was off the hook! Until next time.

Tami

Mark!

the Boston shows were the absolute best!! i was there for both shows… the 1st time around Myles took my Red Sox visor (does he still have it?) and the 2nd time around i met all of you guys. Meeting you guys was a blast and an honor. You truly are rock legends.

Mike, from Boston. Cowboy Up!

Mark!

the Boston shows were the absolute best!! i was there for both shows… the 1st time around Myles took my Red Sox visor (does he still have it?) and the 2nd time around i met all of you guys. Meeting you guys was a blast and an honor. You truly are rock legends.

Mike, from Boston. Cowboy Up!

Creed,
My brother, David Wall, died and at his funeral we played his favorite song. It was a song by creed. He had a little girl and I got temporay custody of her then he died. He was a twin and before his death his wife left him and social services was after her because of her drug abuse problems. My brother loved her and his little girl with all of his heart. He played that song over and over crying wanting his life back with his little girl and his wife but it didn’t happen. He was 26 yrs old, a twin, and my baby brother. The song was “With Arms Open Wide”.

I had a near death experience a couple of years later, and I saw David with Jesus in Heaven. It was so awesome I didn’t want to come back, but Jesus showed me that I needed to. I just wanted to let the band know that their music has touched many people. David was a born again Christian, and he loved and amired your music. It has taken me this long to write you and tell you all of this due to the deep emotional baggage I have had to carry.

When you sing and write songs think about the people that listen to it. Like my brother David, he didn’t have much, but what he did have was his little girl. She was only 3yrs old when her father died, and she listens to that song over and over because she knows it was his favorite. She listens to it so that she can be close to her dad it is the only was she knows how at her young age but she tries. When I listen to it I cry my heart out because I remember his heartach and his loneliness. It has taken me a long time to be able to listen to it all the way through without braking down.

God puts music in your hearts and minds so please allow the Holy Spirit to use you all to His Glory. You never know how much impact you have until the end.

May God Bless you and Your Band.

Tracey Carpenter

9494 N. Albatross Dr

Tucson, Az 85742

Creed,
Mark Tremonti

My brother, David Wall, died and at his funeral we played his favorite song. It was a song by creed. He had a little girl and I got temporay custody of her then he died. He was a twin and before his death his wife left him and social services was after her because of her drug abuse problems. My brother loved her and his little girl with all of his heart. He played that song over and over crying wanting his life back with his little girl and his wife but it didn’t happen. He was 26 yrs old, a twin, and my baby brother. The song was “With Arms Open Wide”.

I had a near death experience a couple of years later, and I saw David with Jesus in Heaven. It was so awesome I didn’t want to come back, but Jesus showed me that I needed to. I just wanted to let the band know that their music has touched many people. David was a born again Christian, and he loved and amired your music. It has taken me this long to write you and tell you all of this due to the deep emotional baggage I have had to carry.

When you sing and write songs think about the people that listen to it. Like my brother David, he didn’t have much, but what he did have was his little girl. She was only 3yrs old when her father died, and she listens to that song over and over because she knows it was his favorite. She listens to it so that she can be close to her dad it is the only was she knows how at her young age but she tries. When I listen to it I cry my heart out because I remember his heartach and his loneliness. It has taken me a long time to be able to listen to it all the way through without braking down.

God puts music in your hearts and minds so please allow the Holy Spirit to use you all to His Glory. You never know how much impact you have until the end.

May God Bless you and Your Band.

Tracey Carpenter

Hey Mark! I can’t tell you how excited I was to see you at the Home Run Derby and the Heroes and Legends game (so lucky). My appreciation for you skyrocketed when I found out you were a baseball fan. I’m from Spokane (Go Myles Kennedy!) and think you guys should come back soon! Without Scott Stapp, this town loves you guys! Come back soon!

What’s Up,Man?Loved the article as usual.Fair play to you dude for letting Grimsley his Misses and their kids over to your Isleworth place on such short notice but then again I wouldnt mind if a legend like Grimsley rang me up and asked could he stay in my pad, that guy is a living legend(much like yourself)!You seem to be visiting a lot of Devil Ray games recently, i hope you havent changed your alleigance to mediocre Tampa?!I’m an Orlando resident myself and I just don’t get that team,it really needs to be shaken up next season.Anyway, congratulations to yourself and your wife with your new born.Keep up the good work on and off the stage…oh and I hope to hear lots of sweeps on the new record and maybe even a whole instrumental song by you.Rock on man.

weak hitting mark
hoping you would jack one like you do when u step on the stage.

Hey Mark,
You are the best guitarist ever! I have two pictures of you in my room. I want to get a Tremonti PRS. The CD rules, I have the Creed ones too. I live in Saskatchewan Canada. I was wondering if on alter bridges website, to become a member, because I live in Canada, I can’t join, are you guys planning on making that available to Canada. I have about every video of Creed and Alter Bridge performing live or the music videos. Someday if you guys go to like Calgary for a concert, be sure to tell me, I would love to drive up there and see you guys. I am only 13 but I am in a band already with my friends, I play guitar and my best friend Josh plays the drums, he is amazing already, Travis plays bass. I can play Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Alto Saxophone. I definately prefer guitar. You biggest fan ever, Lonnie Hunter. Oh and do you have like MSN or anything like that so I could put you on mine?

God Bless, and Rock On!

Heard Stapp gave an interview and said the breakup of Creed was mutual and that you both left it open for any projects in the distant future? Is this true, so many people portray you and Stapp as being at war.

G?day Mark. My name is Wesley Fuller and I live in Perth, Western Australia. I was wondering if Altered Bridge is coming to Australia any time soon.
Also- I was wondering what the pyramid that the band makes on the inside cover of the ?Weathered? cd- I think it means something- because it means something very specific to me in regards to my own songwriting. I have written a solo album titled ?Enemies in Trinity? which draws a lot of its themes from the Creed song ?Bullets?. I use a triple rectifer and I still remember the first time I heard one for the first time.

I would like to get a 1306 t-shirt like the one you?ve got. Does it?s meaning have anything to do with cracking ?base 10??

Lastly- I was wondering what your thoughts were on Marilyn Manson? He?s been giving me headache amongst other things for a while now. He can be in two places at once it seems.

I?d love to hear what you think.

Wesley Fuller

mark…..

u and scott phillps broke up the greatest band ever u wanted peace in the world u didn?t want pressure lol u know how *** that sounds lol ever where u go there’s pressure deal with it, u want peace in the world thats never gonna exist again sorry to say, i like you and all but what u want is not going to happen u want all these things but u don?t realize the world has changing ever day some1 is dying, world peace is never gonna happen again I hope like peace but it AINT GOING TO HAPPEN ANY TIME SOON. lol do u realise that this band u created the glory from creed is flowing you around ppl dnt care about alter bridge maybe they do but if there was no u there would be no alter bridge the glory is u success is you who is ur singers name i heard is voice his voice is **** compared to stapp’s. i SAw what u Read stapp had a accident and he was committed to make another album because he had a accident *** ur selfish ***** u didnt even stop to think (oh is stapp ok maybe we should wait until he feels better u pig) ur actually like axel u just only care about ur self u dnt give a **** about any1 else u would do anything and hurt any1 to get what u want even if u have to break something great to get ur own way u think u can create good albums with alter bridge maybe u can but u will never get the success u got from creed weather u want it or not u will never get the same experience from creed maybe u do but u must feel different being with alter bridge, but i am not surprised when u were with creed it was awesome but idk that for sure u Americans cant work things out u cant talk u just walk away from ur problems and move on u wonder why Americans have such a high crime rate, Australians, ppl talk about there problems some of them do and dont, Americans they get shot if they talk back ppl say ur like slash u do hit the high notes pretty good but u know what slash would be 2 twice the man u would ever be in ur life time MATE u should of joined gun’s n rose’s u and axel have a alot in common about being selfish,

ur a great inspiration to me to play guitar but i dont like the way u handle things unforutally i missed the creed concert in Australia i guess i would like to see them maybe this is the reason why i am saying this but also the reason is u had such a good thing with creed ….. ever singer with a high voice like stapp eg( hinder n dotary whatevea its called) radio stations say oh this band is like creed and *** they cant even hit good notes or cant make magic like creed did (my own prison human clay then to finish it off weathered ) bands these days need 5 albums to get recognized all i can say weather u give a **** or not work ur problems out in the end u might feel better and u will be the better man in all this, if stapp dosent try to work things out u should be a man and take reasonability to fix it…..

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