What’s up, everyone. First, I want to talk about our appearance on WWE Monday Night Raw. We had an incredible time and everyone we spoke with that was associated with the WWE could not have been cooler. They are truly a class act company.
After we got there we shot some backstage footage with Edge, who actually uses one of our songs, Metalingus, as his entrance theme. A bit of chaos ensued when Todd Grisham interrupted us but I am happy to report that none of us got hit by any flying chairs or anything. We also met John Cena, the World Champion, and he commented on the Boston Red Sox hat I was wearing. Turns out he is from Boston and is a Red Sox fan as well. **** yeah.
We were then brought up to our skybox to watch the show which was very entertaining. I tell you what, I have all the respect in the world for the wrestlers and I could not believe the pounding those guys were taking. Edge had a brutal match that ended with him and Matt Hardy taking a hellacious fall off the top of the entrance runway. I wanted to see Edge after the show but he was taken away in an ambulance. I’ve been trying to call him for the last two days but have not been able to get ahold of him so I hope he is all right.
What does all of this have to do with baseball you may ask? We’ll, I’ll tell you. You see, I would never have met Edge nor anyone on the Red Sox, for that matter, if it was not for one man….. Dale "the Demon" Torborg. Most of you probably know his dad, Jeff Torborg, who is a former MLB catcher as well as a MLB manager.
Dale is one of my closest friends and is one of the coolest guys you will ever meet. He also has lived around MLB his entire life. He always tells me stories about growing up in MLB clubhouses. Playing whiffle ball with George Brett in the clubhouse between innings, running around with Ken Griffey Junior as kids, stuff like that. I always told him that he should write an autobiography.
Dale played some minor league ball but had to stop when he blew out his knee. After that, he taught Madonna how to play ball for the film A League Of Their Own. Pretty cool. He then began wrestling in WCW under the name The Demon. It was in WCW that he met his wife Christi who also wrestled under the name Asya. The two of them just had a baby girl about a week and a half ago.
Dale loved wrestling but I think baseball always remained in his blood. After he left WCW he worked with his dad as the strength coach for the Montreal Expos and, after that, the Florida Marlins. He is currently the strength coach for the entire Chicago White Sox minor league system. Actually, he called me up two days ago and told me that the MLB coach was either sick or injured and that he was going to take over in the majors for a while. I highly suggest that the opponents of the Chicago White Sox tread lightly. ******* off the Demon would be bad. Very bad. Haha.
Bottom line is that I would not know half of the baseball players I do nor would I be a fan of the Red Sox if it were not for Dale Torborg.
Anyways, thanks again for all the comments everyone. I’m reading all of them and I hope to answer some more of them early next week.
I just wanted to let you all know that myself and the rest of my bandmates in Alter Bridge will be appearing on WWE Monday Night Raw tonight. It airs on Spike TV at 9:00EST. I do not know what I will be doing on the show but they want me there early to tape some backstage footage. Hopefully that will not include a chair shot to the head.
Come back here tomorrow and I will talk about my experience as well as talking about some baseball.
I’ve been reading the comments all of you have been leaving and I figure if you have taken the time to write them then I should take the time to answer them. So here we go….
Great story Mark!! I had no idea you were such a huge baseball fan.
Congrats on your new boy!!!
I am a new dad as well, my son was born on July 21st.
Your wife Victoria may remember me from the PRS 20th anniversary party and the California Speedway show.
Whenever I had the chance to meet you I would let her know that my wife was pregnant as well.
Thanks for making great music and the great guitar workouts from Guitar One!!!
Hey Johnny! Congrats on your new baby boy. It is definitely a blessing. Thanks for checking out Guitar One. If you enjoyed that I will be doing another lesson that is a little more in depth around November for Total Guitar Magazine. I’m actually on the cover right now in both mags so check out the links provided. Best of luck with your guitar playing and your newborn son.
Hey, everyone! Sorry about the lack of updates recently but between raising my newborn son and rehearsing with Alter Bridge I have not had a spare moment. I actually typed up a blog entry earlier this week but as I went to preview the post my laptop glitched and I lost the whole thing. My laptop came dangerously close to becoming a flying projectile. Haha.
Anyway, in my last blog post I spoke about going to a BBQ at Johnny Damon’s house in Orlando. He lives just four houses down from me. I was able to go but was only able to spend about an hour there due to family commitments. Regardless, it was great seeing Johnny again and good times were had by all. My brother, Michael took a picture that I thought you all might like to see. I’m not in it because it was taken after I left but it includes Alter Bridge’s bass player extraordinaire Brian Marshall (right), our singer Myles Kennedy and Johnny himself.
Johnny and I were talking about the Red Sox which got me to thinking about Bill Mueller and the MLB shirt that he gave me. In order to do this we will have to backtrack to the Creed days, more specifically the Human Clay tour.
We were all invited to Pac Bell Park by Jeff Kent. Before the game he brought us all into the clubhouse to meet the players. I met most of the players and before I get to Bill I want to give a shout out to J.T. Snow. I heard that during a nationally televised FOX broadcast two years ago he was asked what one of the coolest non-baseball moments in his life was. He said it was hanging out with all of us. I was absolutely humbled when I heard that. So if you are reading this, J.T., please know that the feeling is mutual. You are and always have been one **** of a ballplayer.
I met Bill Mueller in the weight room when he was working out. He and I talked for a while about baseball, music and working out. During the conversation I asked him where I could get one of the shirts that he was wearing. It was a black, MLB logo sleeveless t-shirt. He told me that he would get me one and I thanked him. After a few minutes he was like " hey man, I’ll just give you the one I’m wearing." He then took it off and handed it to me. The guy gave me the shirt off his back! Bill, my friend, you are a class act and a gentleman.
I wore it on stage the next night at our San Francisco show. After I had it washed first, of course. Ever have a shirt that fits you so perfectly that you wear it all the time? Well, this was that shirt. I think I wore it just about every night from that point forward until the end of the tour which was about a year later. By the end of the tour the shirt was so beat up and worn out that I had to retire it. Not to mention the fact that my other band mates would tell me how it could stand up by itself in the corner.
I recently tried to find it but I could not. It may have become a living entity after one year of sweat, blood and rock and roll. So beware! If you see a sweat crusted, black MLB shirt slowly creeping down the street, its mine. Call the hazmat team and run away!
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