The Love Affair Between Musicians and Ballplayers
pic by @AndrewCiesak - Jack White at Cubs Game
Just because one prefers to play music, it doesn’t necessarily mean they dislike sports, and vice-versa.
Take World Series winning pitcher Jake Peavy for example. Jake, a native Mobilian, has been dabbling in the band business for a many years and decided to give back to Mobile through music.
Peavy’s foundation was one of the big participants & sponsors of TenSixtyFive (the last-minute booked three-day free music festival downtown to replace Bayfest). He also purchased and is remodeling the recording studio downtown, now known as Dauphin St. Sound Studios. He even did a mini-jam with several notable musicians, including Wet Willie’s Rick Hirsch and Donna Hall, Chris Spies on keys, Ben Jernigan and Duane Trucks.
Turning the tables is Jack White, who teamed with Detroit Tiger Ian Kinsler, to invest in Warstic, a sporting goods company that specializes in aesthetic design of baseball bats.
White said, “I discovered the Warstic company through my love of design, I was drawn to what [company founder] Ben Jenkins was doing at Warstic by the simplicity and harshness of the designs. Most baseball bats and equipment in the sports world do not impress me much, but I think that there is a lot of room to explore aesthetic ideas in just baseball alone that can bring beauty and purpose to the weapons that athletes use to accomplish their goals.”
White has a bit of a complicated history with baseball. On the one hand, the musician threw out the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game two years ago and looked quite happy. And on the other, we have the instantly meme-worthy photo of White sitting in the stands at a Chicago Cubs game looking like he’d rather be literally anywhere else in the world.