Rush frontman Geddy Lee will be on hand for the Toronto Blue Jays’ home opener. The rocker is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the start of today’s game against the Cleveland Indians. The Toronto-born musician’s love of baseball dates back well before his hometown had a major league team. He tells MLB.com he was a Detroit Tigers fan as a kid, before his passion for music took over and “all sports kind of fell by the wayside.” Lee says his interest in baseball was renewed in the late ’70s by the Chicago Cubs. He explains that when Rush was on tour he’d typically be “waking up mid-day, ordering some room service, and turning the TV on” hoping to find something other than a soap opera, and the Cubs often provided that viewing alternative. Lee adds that baseball became “a great distraction” from “all the nonsense” of the touring world, and was “a safe haven” for his emotions.
Lee is also optimistic about the Blue Jays’ chances in the 2013 season. He says the team has done a great job of rebuilding, and believes it will be “the most fun year for a Blue Jays fan since the mid ’90s” — even if the team doesn’t go all the way.
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