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Geddy Lee to throw out the first pitch at the Blue Jays’ opener

Mar 27, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

The Blue Jays have already announced that their opening day game will be delayed 42 minutes by two drum solos, a guitar solo, three time signature changes and an extended ode to some future dystopia or whatever the heck it is these guys go on about at interminable length:

 

Here’s hoping the pitch is good and close[er] to the heart of the plate.

  1. rdillon99 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Geddy Lee is a huge baseball fan … and Blue Jays season ticket holder too.

    • tuberippin - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      “Geddy Lee, the greatest bass player ever, come on”

      • tuberippin - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        well that failed.

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Geddy Lee has been a Jays fan for years and some former Jays are buddies of his.

    • jaysjunkie - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      When watching the game on TV, I always look to see if Geddy’s there in that same seat behind home plate.

      Any Rush haters really need to watch the excellent ‘Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage’ documentary that came out three years ago. I think they’d look at the band a little more positively afterwards.

  3. holliswatson - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Rush sucks.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      They are also rich and live in a very expensive part of Toronto called Rosedale.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      Weird, Craig doesn’t usually hide behind an anonymous handle when he trolls.

    • paperlions - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      You spelled “I am not a fan of the music Rush makes” wrong.

      • clydeserra - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        no s/he didn’t

  4. umrguy42 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    I just realized Bud’s problem with instant replay – he wants to be able to use the quote from Bender: “We’ll soon stage an attack on technology worthy of being chronicled in an anthem by Rush!”

  5. heyblueyoustink - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Dear Craig,

    The trees all agree if you keep trolling on Rush, they’re going to trample you.

    Signed,

    A Rush and Primus fan who frequently talks to trees.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Next you’re going to tell me that you want more sunlight but we oaks ignore your pleas.

      Typical.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        Just don’t forget how we’re all made equal in the end.

      • heyblueyoustink - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        See, you displaying that kind of Rush knowledge makes me wonder if you’re not a fan on a subconscious level.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        Lets just say I spent a lot of time with Rush in my youth. And, even if I troll the hell out of Rush fans now, I don’t really hate them. I’ll even listen if they come on the radio. I just think they’re a somewhat silly band, even if they are quite talented, and I think they appeal lyrically and musically to young teenage boys who think they’re intellectuals far more than they appeal to grownups.

        Plus Rush fans are easier to troll than Phillies fans.

      • paperlions - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        I can’t believe that last part. Do rush fans think you are trolling them any time you talk about Rush as well as any time you don’t talk about Rush?

      • Kevin S. - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        Maybe I’m just more reasonable about my baseball than my music, but it’s tough to troll me on the Yankees. It’s fantabulously easy to troll me on Rush.

      • paperlions - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Huh, weird. To me, music is driven 100% by personal taste. I really don’t care what anyone else thinks of music I enjoy, I still enjoy it. of course, I generally hope that artists I like are popular enough to be able to afford to keep making music (or that they can stay clean enough to not kill themselves), but…beyond that, I just don’t care at all what other people think.

      • professormaddog31 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        paperlions – totally agree. For example, I’m big into Pink Floyd, and it doesn’t bother me when people say they hate the band, because their enjoyment (or lack of) doesn’t change that I can listen to “Dark Side” for hours at a time and never get bored.

        I can’t say I’m a big Rush fan, but “Limelight” is a pretty damn good song.

      • heyblueyoustink - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Train to Bankok might be my favorite song by them, and I think while music is to be enjoyed at the personal level, there’s always room for fun debate. Or go all Nas “Ether” and end any debate you may have had with another human being.

  6. bankboy2012 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    delayed 42 minutes by two drum solos, a guitar solo, three time signature changes and an extended ode to some future dystopia

    A live set of “2112″ before the first pitch wouldn’t be a bad way to kick off Opening Day. Their last prog/fantasy themed album was 35 years ago Craig, let it go. The hate will only consume you.

    • bravojawja - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Actually, their last album is also a concept album. More steampunk than prog/fantasy, but still. It’s also fantastic.

      • nukeladouche - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        “Caravan” is the best song they’ve had in a long time.

  7. Old Gator - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    I want Margo.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      We are saving Margo Timms for the World Series.

      • Old Gator - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Ack!

        Timmins!

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        On second thought, the Jays will probably go for Shania Twain in the World Series. Celine is definitely not under consideration.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        So you are awake!

      • Old Gator - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        Yeah – still recovering from my reaction to the shingles vaccine. Awake in technical terms, maybe.

        Anything but Anne Murray. Though I still want Margo.

  8. sincitybonobo - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Geddy is among the most knowledgeable of celebrity baseball fans. He signed a ball for me at the 2010 Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. By all accounts, he’s one of the most grounded rock stars who takes his craft- not himself- seriously.

    Not to quibble, Craig, but as Marlins fans will confirm, the Jays are most definitely the oaks of the offseason.

  9. mvp43 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Just don’t tear any ligaments or anything like that………. I’ve got tickets to your Milwaukee show in July.

  10. APBA Guy - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    The Jays MVP this year should get a Red Barchetta.

  11. philliesblow - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Is this an omen that the Jays will be 21 & 12 after the first 33 games? Going at that clip the entire season would get them 103 wins.

  12. schlom - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    I thought Neil Peart made the band?

  13. sportsdrenched - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I’m not biting on the Rush Fan trolling. If you don’t like them, thats more your problem, and not something I should be wasting time on.

    That being said Rush & Baseball together is beyond awesome.

  14. drewzducks - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Talk about living in the limelight.

  15. humanexcrement - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    At least we can all agree on this: better Rush than Rush Limbaugh.

  16. butchhuskey - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Those who wish to be must put aside the alienation, get on with the fascination – the real relation, the underlying theme

  17. nukeladouche - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    And the boy pulls down his baseball cap and covers up his eyes. . . .

  18. nukeladouche - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    It’s a little known fact, Normie, that “The Trees” is actually a parable written about MLB. To wit:

    There is unrest in the forest,
    There is trouble with the trees,
    For the maples [small-team markets] want more sunlight [better players]
    And the oaks [large-market teams] ignore their pleas.

    The trouble with the maples,
    (And they’re quite convinced they’re right)
    They say the oaks are just too lofty [too rich]
    And they grab up all the light [best players].
    But the oaks can’t help their feelings
    If they like the way they’re made [you'll get no sympathy from the George Steinbrenners of MLB].
    And they wonder why the maples
    Can’t be happy in their shade [i.e., as perennial losers and talent producers for big-market teams].

    There is trouble in the Forest,
    And the Creatures [small-market fans] all have fled,
    As the Maples scream “Oppression!”
    And the Oaks just shake their heads [hey, it's just the free market at work].

    So the maples formed a union
    And [through Bud Selig] demanded equal rights.
    “These oaks are just too greedy;
    We will make them give us light.”
    Now there’s no more oak oppression,
    For they passed a noble law,
    And the trees are all kept equal
    By hatchet, axe, and saw [the luxury tax].

    It’s all true. Neil Peart envisioned the disparate world of MLB years ahead of time. Rumor has it he originally titled the song “2012.”

  19. deathmonkey41 - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    So, he’s going to throw out an extremely complicated and intricate pitch that puts a lot of people to sleep?

  20. buggieowens - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Sure Getty Lee is cool, but they really should have had Mr. Lahey throw out the first pitch. He could warn everyone about the shit-hawks and shit-namis. Can’t wait for the new TPB movie!

  21. dianagram - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    2112 is actually a concept album about Ricky Romero’s spring ERA.

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