Eddie Vedder playing at fantasy baseball camp last year
NJ.com has a new interview up with New York Mets outfielder Jason Bay about his texting relationship with Eddie Vedder and love of Grunge. By the way, go Angels! We’ve got Pujols and CJ now, no stopping us! Here are some excerpts:
So how did you get to know Vedder?
I was a huge Pearl Jam fan. I grew up in the Northwest. They’re huge there. I mean, they’re huge everywhere, but especially there. And that’s always what I listened to.
Eddie’s a huge baseball fan. Huge Cubs fan. There’s a lot of guys who have met him. Sean Casey, who’s a diehard Pearl Jam fan, he’s hung out with Eddie numerous times. When I got traded to Boston, we played a game and that night Eddie was playing somewhere in Boston on his solo tour. And he signed this poster, “Hey, Jason, welcome to the Red Sox.” And then Casey gave me his number. So we text back and forth.
Were you nervous when you first met?
I’ve never met him. I’ve never actually technically met him. And that’s the funny part. Casey was like, “Hey, here’s his number, he said text him.” So he was like “Hey, sounds good man. If I’m ever up in Seattle recording . . .” He’s never up there.
He’s got a lot going on. I’m probably the last person [on his mind]. “Oh, I’ve got to call Jason Bay!”
What music did you listen to growing up?
Anything you could listen to. Nirvana. Sort of alternative, grunge, and actually some Canadian bands. The Tragically Hip. Some obscure stuff. You’ve heard of them.
[The Star-Ledger nods.]
They’re not real big, but they’re huge in Canada. A lot of Canadian bands. And then a little bit of Alice in Chains. Soundgarden. All that stuff. Stone Temple Pilots.