Friday, March 12, 2010

Woodjock 2010 : A Big League Jam Fest

We tend to look at baseball players sometimes as just that.  One dimensional athletes who excel in one particular facet of life.  Perhaps its because we always see them in uniform, and that image of the ballplayer is then ingrained in our minds.  So, when an event takes place like yesterday's "Woodjock 2010", with such a wide lineup of baseball musicians, it sure gets our attention.

Woodjock 2010 was the idea of current Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy.  The 2007 NL Cy Young Award Winner is a country music fan and has performed on stage with Kenny Chesney, Texas country music singer-songwriter Pat Green and baseball player/coach-turned-musician, Tim Flannery.

SF Giants Reliever Brandon Medders
playing "Sweet Child Of Mine"

According to an article at Yahoo! Sports, ballplayers turned musicians captivated the stage at The Venue Scottsdale on March 11 with performances by:
  • Bernie Williams (ex New York Yankee) : "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"
    (view our previous article about Bernie's Latin nominated Grammy album)
  • Gordon Beckham (Chicago White Sox) : "Take it Easy" by The Eagles
  • Aubry Huff (SF Giants ) : "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash
  • Brandon Medders (SF Giants) : "Sweet Child of Mine" by Guns N' Roses
  • Jake Peavy (Chicago White Sox) : two original songs, titles not known
  • Bronson Arroyo (Cincinnati Reds) : "If You Could Only See (The Way She Loves Me)" by Tonic
  • Tim Flannery (ex-SF Giant and SD Padre) : played with his band Lunatic Fringe as well as on stage with Scott Linebrink (Chicago White Sox) and Barry Zito (SF Giants)
Woodjock benefited the Jake Peavy Foundation which raises funds for Team Focus, Strikeouts For Troops™, Autism Speaks, and White Sox Charities.

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